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electoral vote

the vote cast in the electoral college of the U.S. by the representatives of each state in a presidential election.
Origin of electoral vote
1815-25, Americanism Unabridged
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Examples from the web for electoral vote
  • The popular vote was significantly closer than the electoral vote.
  • He won that year's election by a large electoral vote and repeated his success four years later.
  • They say candidates could win the popular vote but still not become president if they lose the electoral vote.
  • The existing electoral vote arrangements have long been the object of heavy criticism and dire warnings.
  • Grant was re-elected by large majorities in both the popular vote and electoral vote.
Contemporary definitions for electoral vote

the tally of the number state-appointed party-affiliated electors for the US presidential candidate who has won a majority of the popular vote in that state, e.g. the number of Republican electors is the vote that goes to the Republican candidate when he/she wins the state

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