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The Case for the Electoral College

The Case for the Electoral College

 

Introduction

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 3 million total votes, but she still lost the election to Donald Trump. This is the fifth time in history that the candidate winning the popular vote lost the election. This last happened in 2000, with Al Gore winning the popular vote but losing the election.

How did this happen?

It happened because we have an electoral college system that awards a certain number of electors from each state to the winner of the popular vote in that particular state. Based on the total number of electors representing particular states, Trump is the President-Elect of the United States.

Some, especially Clinton supporters, consider this to be a tragedy. Why should the winner of the popular vote lose?

The Washington Redskins might ask a similar question. After all, today they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 31-26, but they had more total offense than the Dallas Cowboys (505 yards v. 358 yards). Why should the team that has fewer total yards win?

The answer to both questions is the same – Because the victor won the game that was being played based on the predetermined criteria for selecting the winner.

If the total vote determined the outcome of the election, both Trump and Clinton would have campaigned quite differently. They both would have spent a ton of time in Texas and California (Hillary may even have moved to

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