My money would be on a Bush and Edwards administration.  Read on:

WASHINGTON -- If the presidential election is as close as many expect it to 
be and neither President George W. Bush or Democratic presidential nominee 
John F. Kerry can earn the 270 electoral votes to be elected president, then 
the U.S. House of Representatives would be called on to choose the winner.

The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1804 in 
response to the 1801 presidential election when Thomas Jefferson failed to 
receive an electoral majority, gives the House the responsibility of 
choosing the president, while the U.S. Senate picks the vice president.

Only two times in U.S. history has this happened. The House chose John 
Quincy Adams instead of Andrew Jackson in 1825 because several third-party 
candidates sifted electoral votes away from them. In 1837, the Senate was 
asked to choose the vice president after a disputed race before the time 
that political parties ran on the same ticket.

While this scenario is certainly not probable, it is quite possible 
considering the closeness of the candidates this year.

The new president and vice president would be chosen by a joint session of 
the House and Senate on January 6, 2005 when they officially count the 
electoral votes for each candidate.

If neither candidate receives 270 votes, then Bush would likely be reelected 
since control of the House is solidly with Republicans.

Each of the fifty states receives one vote as prescribed by the 12th 
Amendment and Republicans have a majority delegation in 30 of those states.

Yet, the only way this procedure would be needed is if the Electoral College 
is split 269-269 if an elector switches their vote or abstains. A Republican 
West Virginia elector has already vowed to switch his vote if Bush wins his 
state.

Additionally, Colorado's ballot initiative that would split that state's 
electoral votes rather than the usual winner-take-all for the winner of the 
popular vote could play a role in making the presidential race tighter than 
expected.

Finally, if the Democrats regain control of the U.S. Senate in next week's 
elections, then they would probably choose Democratic vice presidential 
nominee John Edwards to join Bush in the executive branch.

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