We breakdown the scenerios that could cause the election to end in a tie.

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St. Petersburg, Fl. - The race between the President and Mitt Romney is so close right now, it could be a tie, which could mean a Romney-Biden administration.

To win the presidency, a candidate must get 270 electoral votes.

But, if each gets 269 votes it would be a tie.

The news organization Reuters broke this down, so we're taking you through the scenerios:

In the first scenario, if Obama wins Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and Romney wins New Hampsire, Iowa, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Nevada, each would get 269 electoral votes and therefore a tie.

In the second scenario, if Obama wins Nevada, Colorado, Virginia and New Hampsire and if Romney wins Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Each will have 269 votes, resulting in a tie.

So where does it go from here? It has to be made official by the electoral college.

Electors officially cast ballots for the states. That happens on December 17th.

Most states have a rule that says the electors have to vote the way the state voted, but many can vote their conscience.

The vote then goes to the House of Representatives, which is an advantage for Romney because Republicans control the House.

The Senate then votes on the Vice Presidential candidate, and Democrats can still control the Senate after the election, which would be an advantage for Obama, or really, Joe Biden.

So that could mean an administration of Romney-Biden.

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