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What about the vote?

By JONATHAN H. ADLER In the Washington Post

This article was published November 10, 2016 at 3:08 a.m.

Reviewing the presidential election results, many commentators note that Donald Trump--like several previous Republican presidential candidates--prevailed in the electoral college without winning the popular vote. This is true, but it's also irrelevant. It's irrelevant legally because the Constitution provides for the election of a president through the electoral college. But it's also irrelevant in terms of the democratic legitimacy of the result.

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WhododueDiligence says... November 10, 2016 at 8:55 a.m.

Yes, without the Electoral College, presidential election strategy would be completely different. It would favor the high-population states--California, Texas, New York and Florida.
Last week Dana Kelley wrote an excellent column describing the historical reasoning for the Electoral College. This column by Jonathan Adler is a good reminder that we can't conclude--despite differing election results in electoral votes and total popular votes--with any certainty what would have happened if the Electoral College didn't exist.

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kdc72701 says... November 10, 2016 at 1:31 p.m.

Anyway, the popular vote has to be close to have this result. So there is plenty of support for our President Elect.

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