the Electoral College


: a group of people chosen from each U.S. state who meet to elect the President and Vice President of the U.S. based on the votes of all the people in each state

Examples of the Electoral College in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On January 5, 2021, the day before the House was to certify the Electoral College results, Cheney arranged for Representative Chip Roy to address a closed-door meeting of the Republican conference. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2024 On that day, Trump’s supporters tried to block Congress from counting the Electoral College votes that would affirm Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential race. Jeffrey Collins, Twin Cities, 15 Jan. 2024 The Ohio mojo has even worked when the national popular vote and the Electoral College tally produced different winners. Ron Elving, NPR, 23 Mar. 2024 Thanks to the Electoral College system, voters are selecting statewide delegates, who will cast their vote for president on behalf of their state's residents. USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2024 Their relationship has essentially been over since Trump refused to accept the results of the Electoral College. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 29 Feb. 2024 But there is no way that anybody can think that that assault on the Constitution, on the day of the -- that law says we're supposed to accept the certification of the Electoral College, that Congress, the caucus -- excuse me -- the Congress, the Capitol, the Constitution. ABC News, 7 Jan. 2024 Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes, but lost the Electoral College votes to Trump 304 to 227. USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 He was also elected by the slightest of margins, losing the popular vote, but winning the Electoral College by one vote after a ruling by an Electoral Commission. Aaron Valdez, The Enquirer, 18 Feb. 2024

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“The Electoral College.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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