electoral vote

the vote cast in the electoral college of the U.S. by the representatives of each state in a presidential election.

1815–25, Americanism

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Main Entry:  electoral vote
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  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
Usage:  politics
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Example sentences
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.
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