True or False. The Candidate with the most votes is always elected president. Answer: Not necessarily. Just ask Al Gore. The 2000 Election. The Popular Vote Al Gore 50,996,039 George W. Bush 50,456,141 The Electoral Vote George W. Bush 271 Al Gore 267 So who was the winner?.
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The Candidate with the most votes is always elected president.
Answer: Not necessarily. Just ask Al Gore.
The Popular Vote
So who was the winner?
Understanding the Electoral College
Election of 1860 Popular Votes Electoral
Lincoln 1, 866,352 180
Douglas 1,375,157 12
Breckenridge 847,953 72
Bell 589,581 39
Popular Votes Electoral Votes
Hayes (1876) 4,033,950 185
Tilden (1876) 4, 284,855 184
Bush (2000) 50,456, 169 271
Gore (2000) 50, 996, 116 266
A Texan who votes for Bush is really voting for a slate of electors pledged to cast the state’s electoral votes for Bush. In 2000, Bush won all of Florida’s 25 electoral votes because the final official vote tally showed him ahead of Gore by about 600 votes.
In a close race, the popular vote winner may not win the electoral college. One candidate may win states by lopsided margins while the other wins states by narrow margins. One candidate may benefit from winning most of the smaller states, which benefit from the small-state bias caused by each state getting at least three electoral votes regardless of its size.
Electoral vote winners who lost the popular vote
So, which states have the most pull in the elections.
A Look at the 2000 Election
270 To Win
How does the electoral college impact candidate strategy in presidential election campaigns?