So I concocted a scenario where a third party candidate won a presidential election with only 1.53% of the popular vote. To do as such I made the following assumptions:
- Every congressional district in the country is equally populous.
- Every congressional district has equal voter turnout.
- Only three candidates appear on the ballot in every state.
- Every voter votes for the same party for U.S. house as they do for president.
- Should no candidate receive the necessary 270 electoral votes, and the election is thrown to the U.S. house as laid out in the 12th amendment, then the Republican and third-party congressmen will want to work together to prevent the Democratic candidate from winning.
- Should assumption 5 be put into effect, the presidential candidate this coalition will throw their weight behind shall be from the party that controls more U.S. house state delegations.