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Old 11 Nov 2004, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone please explain to me how is it that George Bush was able to win the electoral points needed to become president in 2000 and yet, not win the popular votes? I mean the way I see it is, the electoral points given to each state are decided based on population, so if he was able to win points from a state then he would have gotten the majority of the population from that state. If Bush was able to get the electoral points needed to be president than he was able to win the majority of the population in each state he won and if he was able to win more states, or higher populated states than Al Gore how come Al Gore was able to win the popular vote?
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Old 11 Nov 2004, 11:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Can someone please explain to me how is it that George Bush was able to win the electoral points needed to become president in 2000 and yet, not win the popular votes? I mean the way I see it is, the electoral points given to each state are decided based on population, so if he was able to win points from a state then he would have gotten the majority of the population from that state. If Bush was able to get the electoral points needed to be president than he was able to win the majority of the population in each state he won and if he was able to win more states, or higher populated states than Al Gore how come Al Gore was able to win the popular vote?
The electoral votes usually reflect the popular vote, however this is not always the case, Electors can change their vote....this doesn't happen very often...but it can happen
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Old 11 Nov 2004, 12:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Bush won in the right states. Rutheford B. Hayes did the same thing....
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Old 11 Nov 2004, 05:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If Bush won by 1 vote in Texas for example. He got all the votes. If Gore had gotten every vote in California, a more populated state, he would have gotten more electoral votes and a crapload more popular votes. I hope this example has cleared it up.
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well, because there are high concentrations of democrats in certain states, like Cali for example, it's easy to win a major landslide in said state. Thus, if you have a situation where a lot of smaller populated states vote for one party, and only a couple heavily populated states vote for the other, then it is easy to see how you could win the election and lose the popular vote. But don't think it's some sort of weird math, it's very calculated. In fact, this was Kerry's strategy to win. Simply key in on the states that will get you 270, and fuck the rest of them.
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