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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.
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1815-25, Americanism Unabridged
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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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