Ok, I don’t want to get into a tiff over GA-12, but the closeness of the election there got me thinking and I want to put the question up for discussion.
The Savannah Morning News reported today that Max Burns recieved 73.9% of the vote in Effingham while John Barrow recieved 25.96% of the vote. It doesn’t take a math genius to realize that those two numbers add up to 99.86%, leaving .14% of the votes going to Donald Duck or Alfred E. Newman, etc. Given that there were 10880 votes cast in the county, one can expect that 15 votes were thrown away on write-ins of some sort.
If we take this further, and assume that the .14% number holds across the board for the entire district, we are looking at approximately 200 votes going to neither of the two major candidates.
If 150,000 votes are cast and one candidate reaches 74,999 votes and the other reaches 74,801 votes and the remaining 200 go to candidates not on the ballot, does this force a runoff? Should this force a runoff?