Why does some candidate win popular vote yet loses on election?

Why is it possible for a candidate to win on popular vote, yet lose on election?

Doesn't most states do winner take all system, meaning if you win popular vote it automatically means you win the states electoral votes? Meaning you'll win?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Not necessarily because the electors decide the electoral vote and not the popular vote.

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  • 7 years ago

    It's because of the way electoral votes are allocated out among the states. Sparsely populated states have a higher electoral votes-to-population ratio. Every state gets a minimum of 3 electoral votes, even if there was only a dozen people lived in the whole state! Proportionately speaking, the average voter in Wyoming has 3 times the power as the average voter in California. If conservatives can get enough of these boonie states, it can make up for losing out on states like NY or CA which have huge populations.

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    7 years ago

    In the United States we have the Electoral Vote that determines which candidate won the states.

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  • Because some states are considered more important than others. Do you ask this in the wake of the Malaysian elections?

    Bersih 4.0

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  • 7 years ago

    The US Constitution.

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    7 years ago
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