Should the electoral college be here?
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Barack Obama got 62,611,250 of the popular vote and 332 electoral votes.
Mitt Romney got 59,134,475 of the popular vote and 206 electoral votes.
(source: Politico.com, http://www.politico.com...)
This was a fair and square election with Barack Obama winning everything. But this wasn't the case in 2000; The infamous election in which the man with the popular vote lost. But Bush did win fair and square, he won the state of Florida. Gore only won a sliver more than Bush in the popular vote. Remember, Gore could have urged (basically forced) supporters to vote for him, and that doesn't mean that he got the vote fairly. According to multiple news outlets at the time (ABC,NBC,CBS,etc.), Bush did win in Florida, therefore it was fair that he won.
Also, the 2000 election shows that with a popular voting system, nearly every election would have multiple recounts, hanging chads or not. The losing candidate would almost definitely demand a recount if only the popular vote was in place.
Finally, the electoral college prevents the elections from being corrupted and unfair. Also, it lets a candidate win based on winning in important places. It would be possible for a candidate to win by only getting the vote in small population states like North Dakota and Montana.
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