electoral college

noun

Definition of electoral college 

: a body of electors especially : one that elects the president and vice president of the U.S.

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Santorum added that picking Hardiman could help Trump bolster his support in Pennsylvania, a crucial state in his electoral college victory in 2016 and a 2020 battleground. Author: Robert Costa, David Weigel, Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump weighs top picks for Supreme Court amid last-minute maneuvering," 8 July 2018 The electoral college is one of the very worst features of American democracy, a vestigial mechanism that effectively reduces presidential contests to a few swing states. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Connecticut Joins Effort to Overturn Electoral College," 6 May 2018 In two of the five elections for 21st-century presidents, the minority won the electoral college. The Economist, "American democracy’s built-in bias towards rural Republicans," 12 July 2018 Donald Trump got elected because the electoral college is outdated and worthless. Drew Magary, GQ, "This Is Why Trump Won," 14 June 2018 Trump owes his 2016 electoral college victory to thin margins in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Why President Trump May Well Flip-Flop on Marijuana Legalization," 9 June 2018 The elections following Trump's electoral college victory have been a better — or at least, more recent — gauge of how Americans feel about the direction of the United States now. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump’s election made Obama wonder if America was ready to move forward from its past," 31 May 2018 Marshall supports the addition of the citizenship question, but is pushing more narrowly for undocumented immigrants not to be counted in apportionment and electoral college determinations. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, "Census urged to exclude undocumented immigrants in congressional seat count," 8 June 2018 Replacing Obama with another Democrat was always going to be a hard slog, and what is impressive is that Hillary Clinton won a sizable popular vote victory despite losing the electoral college. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Maureen Dowd echoes conservatives by blaming Obama for Trump.," 4 June 2018

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electoral college

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Legal Definition of electoral college 

: a body of electors specifically : the body of electors chosen from each state to elect the president and vice president of the U.S.

Note: Under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, each state chooses electors in the same number that the state has senators and representatives. The electors have the discretion to choose the candidate they vote for, but in practice the electors vote for the candidate that wins the most votes in their respective states. In all the states except Maine, the candidate that wins a plurality of the popular votes wins all of the state's electoral votes.

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