Wednesday, October 20, 2010

So what if Colorado’s House ends up tied?

As Republicans and Democrats fight it out for control of Colorado’s 65-member House, a third possibility exists.

What if they tie?

Ordinarily it wouldn’t be an issue: The chamber has an odd number of legislators. But this year, unusually, a Democrat-turned-independent, incumbent Rep. Kathleen Curry, is running a credible write-in campaign in House District 61 on Colorado’s Western Slope.

If Curry wins her race and Republicans pick up five seats, a distinct possibility in a year in which the GOP is expected to make gains, the Democrats and Republicans would end up with 32 seats each. [The state's major newspaper, The Denver Post, seemed to forecast this very possibility when it recently endorsed Curry, five Republicans and four Democrats in the 10 top competitive races.]

What happens then? Nobody’s sure.

Colorado doesn’t have a law or rule that governs tied chambers for either the House or Senate, said Dan Cartin, Colorado’s legislative legal services director. And that’s not unusual.   More -

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