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Old 11-04-2008, 07:04 PM
 
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What is the difference between these? McCain is ahead slightly in the Popular vote and Obama seems ahead by quite a bit in the Electoral. What does this mean??
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:05 PM
 
Location: los angeles
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What is the difference between these? McCain is ahead slightly in the Popular vote and Obama seems ahead by quite a bit in the Electoral. What does this mean??
It means that Obama is winning!
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:06 PM
 
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If McCain wins the popular vote, Republicans can claim that the election was stolen, just like the Democrats did when Bush won..
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Cicero, NY
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Basically the electoral college vote based upon what they think their particular state want. Its actually an archaic system that was put into place when the majority of the population were uneducated and unable to vote
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:09 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Basically the electoral college vote based upon what they think their particular state want. Its actually an archaic system that was put into place when the majority of the population were uneducated and unable to vote
Still are.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:10 PM
 
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Ok, Obama is now slightly ahead in the popular vote as well. I still don't understand the system though!
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:11 PM
 
Location: CLT native
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Still are.
+1, you beat me to it!

Seriously though when I first studied the electoral system in the 6th grade I thought it was odd. Why not just use the popular vote, especially in this day and age?
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:11 PM
 
Location: um....guess
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Basically the electoral college vote based upon what they think their particular state want. Its actually an archaic system that was put into place when the majority of the population were uneducated and unable to vote
Exactly. This happened to Gore in 2000, he won the popular vote but based on population in certain states, he didn't win. I do believe the electoral vote started based on someones conception that the general public wasn't intelligent enough to actually vote for a president. At least I think that's how it went.Oh wait, I just noticed you said almost the exact same thing, duh!
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I thought the whole idea behind the Electoral College was to prevent people from voting in, say, Britney Spears or Charles Manson or whomever.

I thought it was a "just in case" measure.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:12 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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+1, you beat me to it!

Seriously though when I first studied the electoral system in the 6th grade I thought it was odd. Why not just use the popular vote, especially in this day and age?
Because it gives a chance for the smaller states to have a major say in the election process.
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