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Magic Numbers: Small Vote Shifts in Key States Could Have Altered Electoral College Outcomes
- Posted: November 16, 2012
- Author(s): Andrea Levien
- Categories: National Popular Vote, Presidential Elections, Home
One commonly cited benefit of the Electoral College is that, even when the national popular vote for president is close, it creates a decisive victory for one candidate or the other, giving the winner more legitimacy. However, these "decisive" victories are often more tenuous than they seem. There are plenty of elections in which slight vote shifts in key states would have changed the winner of the Electoral College vote, despite the original winners' significantly larger leads in the nationwide vote.