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2016 Electoral Math -- Hillary Moves Up

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Hillary Clinton wins with a landslide of votes in the Electoral College. Clinton's percent of the total is 66.5, roughly twice Trump's 33.5 percent. Currently, no states are tied.

It aint Over til its Over!

Byron Williams | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

All that is missing is a ticker-tape parade and a marching band playing "Happy Days are Here Again." Were it not for the North Carolina humidity remin...

Electoral Math -- The Best Way To Track The Race

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to the kickoff of my quadrennial "Electoral Math" column series. I've always been astonished that no other statistics guru out there seems to present the presidential race in the way that makes the most sense -- by Electoral College vote, charted over time.

How the Election Might Be Rigged

Richard Kasbeer | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Richard Kasbeer

Donald Trump now suggests that he will be defeated in a rigged election, but with prominent businessmen, independents, and Republicans, including Michael Bloomberg, Mark Cuban, Henry Paulson, Brent Scowcroft, and Richard Armitage declaring their support for Hillary Clinton, and with almost daily gaffes by Trump, one might think that the Republican ticket has almost zero chance of success even in a fair election.

Tracking The Candidates: Current Electoral College Rules Mean Most Americans Ignored

Rob Richie | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Rob Richie

The fact that events since then have done little to change that calculation shows just how predictable our elections have become. Most states are truly locked in for one party or another.

Broken American Institutions At 240. But How About A New American Republic At 250?

Tad Daley | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Tad Daley

Perhaps the time has come to launch a modern 21st century conversation, ten years long, about our election procedures, our governing mechanisms, and the 18th century constitutional structures bequeathed to us by our founders.

David Plouffe Probably Jumping The Gun Predicting A Huge Clinton Win

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics

David Plouffe, the architect behind President Barack Obama’s successful 2008 campaign, thinks Hillary Clinton will sail to victory in November. But ...

Bring Back The Electoral College -- For Real

Edward Zelinsky | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Edward Zelinsky

It is possible that an Electoral College with a significant bloc of independent electors would fail to elect a president as no candidate would obtain a majority. In that case, under the Constitution, the selection of the 45th president would devolve upon the House of Representatives while the next Vice-President would be chosen by the Senate.

Forget National Polls, Here's How The Electoral College Will Play Out

Richard North Patterson | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Richard North Patterson

We may not love it but, like shingles and pneumonia, this particular college will forever be with us. And so, a spoiler alert. At the end of this piece, I'm revealing who won the presidency in November, right down to the last electoral vote.

Could the U.S. Become a Multi-Party Nation? Emerging Factions and the Electoral College

Carl Nettleton | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Carl Nettleton

While the U.S. allows multiple parties to participate in the political system, it is, and always has been, a system dominated by two political parties...

FiveThirtyEight: Don’t Worry About The Electoral College Math... Yet

FiveThirtyEight | Paul Vale | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

It’s been an unpredictable year so far. (See Trump, Donald.) But the general election is off to a predictable start....

5 Optimistic Electoral Maps for Clinton

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Can Clinton actually break the 400 Electoral Vote barrier? This hasn't happened since 1988, but it used to be a lot more common. In the 10 elections from 1952 through 1988, the winning candidate got more than 400 votes seven times.

Why The Electoral Map Could Look Different In 2016

The Huffington Post | Bob Tognetti | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics

As the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump likely will have the chance to show if he can turn blue states red in November -- as he's claimed he can....

Fixing How We Elect a President

Rodney Wilson | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Rodney Wilson

The process to elect a president is labyrinthine and dreadfully confusing. But must it be? Can we simplify this great quadrennial civic exercise? Make it more straightforward and citizen-friendly? I believe it's possible to do so -- before 2020.

There's Only One Way to Stop Trump: Kick Him Out of the GOP Now

Eoin Higgins | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

A Trump run will split the right in 2016. The GOP may lose the White House and the Democrats may pick up working majorities in the House and Senate. But that's not necessarily a bad thing for the GOP.

How a Third-Party Candidate Could Cause an Electoral Crisis

Greg Carey | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Greg Carey

Imagine this scenario. As expected, Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic Party's nomination for president, and Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination. However, disaffected Republicans run a third-party candidate.

It's Time to Abolish the Electoral College

Dan Glickman | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

In order to rejuvenate government, the American people must become more active participants in elections. There is no better way to improve participation than to abolish the Electoral College, an unnecessary relic of a bygone era.

We Shall Be Governed No Better Than We Deserve

Byron Williams | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

The Republican nominee's primary challenge is the Electoral College map. Based on the 2012 election results, the Republicans must overcome a nearly 5-million-vote deficit. Moreover, it must be achieved under the backdrop of changing demographics.

Advice to Hillary and Bernie: Run to Make a Difference, Not Just to Win

Gary Ferdman | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Gary Ferdman

Many progressive Democrats are conflicted about the 2016 presidential campaign. They see themselves, unlike Republicans, as having the opportunity to choose between two responsible adults with vast experience and progressive positions on most crucial issues.

A Republican President and Democratic Vice President?

Michael Zucker | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Michael Zucker

A Republican Party that rejects Donald Trump after he had led the entire field by substantial margins for almost a year could stimulate a seismic political revolt leading to a third party campaign. Trumpites would legitimately complain that the nomination had been stolen from him.

Forget a Brokered Convention -- a Third Party Candidate Should Yield a Hung Electoral College and 'Take It to the House' to Pick the Winner!

Terry Connelly | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Now that the field of Republican presidential candidates is down to a "Final Four," let's look at the "seedings" following the results of Super Tuesda...

Can Ordinary Citizens Be Trusted with Democracy?

Cody Cain | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

Today we think of democracy as a wonderful form of government. Back when this nation was founded, however, our founding fathers did not think this was such a hot idea.

Actual Votes v/s National Polls for President 2016

Neil B. Chambers | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Neil B. Chambers

The Electoral College will determine the next president of the United States. Not polls, and not even primaries. Campaigns have to answer the questio...

Virtually Everyone Is Disadvantaged by the Electoral College

Richard Kasbeer | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Richard Kasbeer

The Electoral College system can be improved. The first improvement needed is to make every voter count. The second is for every voter to count equally. And the third is to elect a president who is supported by a majority of the voters. This is not a partisan issue.

Circus Politics: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Presidential Election?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Do we simply participate in the collapse of the American republic as it degenerates toward a totalitarian regime, or do we take a stand at this moment in history and reject the pathetic excuse for government that is being fobbed off on us?