Electoral College Brokenness Quiz

Four US presidents won the popular vote but lost the electoral college.
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First submittedNovember 4, 2020
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Year
Popular vote winner
Election winner
2016
 
Hillary Clinton
 
Donald Trump
2000
 
Al Gore
 
George Bush
1888
 
Grover Cleveland
 
Benjamin Harrison
1876
       
Samuel J. Tilden
       
Rutherford B. Hayes
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Level 51
Nov 4, 2020
Joe Biden does have a pretty good chance of winning. He has Wisconsin and Nevada, and he needs 16 more votes after winning those states. The absentee ballots in Michigan will probably be enough for him to win the state, and therefore, the election!
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Level 76
Nov 4, 2020
If the popular vote mattered, then candidates would campaign that way. Democrats seem to pour their efforts into increasing turnout in states they would win anyway (CA, NY, etc...).

The US is a Republic, not a Democracy. If it were a Democracy, btw, slavery would have lasted a lot longer, women's suffrage would have been delayed, etc.

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Level 51
Nov 4, 2020
I meant electoral votes not the popular vote. BTW he's ahead in both.
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Level 51
Feb 25, 2021
Just because France is a republic, does it mean that it is not a democracy? Of course not.
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Level 81
Feb 25, 2021
I think nerdalert is saying that democracy is majority rule. In a "true" democracy, the judicial branch wouldn't be able to strike down ballot measures for being unconstitutional, nor would the president be able to pass legislation that a majority of the population opposed, such as women's suffrage or ending slavery. Thank goodness, then, that there are no true democracies. Nevertheless, nothing about being a republic prevents the US from eliminating the Electoral College and making it so that the person elected by the majority wins the election. Be as democratic as you can be!
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Level 51
Nov 4, 2020
And he's now leading in Michigan.
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Level 61
Nov 4, 2020
ehhhhhhh 2020 is still up in the air and it's the day after election day
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Level 51
Nov 6, 2020
He's ahead in PA, and that will give him 20 electoral votes and the presidency.
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Level 51
Nov 7, 2020
Biden won! No recount in Pennsylvania, so he won't lose no matter what!
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Level 81
Nov 7, 2020
Indeed he did. I've updated the quiz.