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Unformatted text preview: Political Science 104 Lecture, March 29, 2007 Form and Process In contemporary form, each state has a number of electors equal to # House members + 2 Small states (DE, AK, MT, etc) have a minimum of 3 Large states: CA (55), TX (34) NY (31 ) Generally, all electoral votes in a state go to the popular winner in that state 538 EC votes total, need absolute majority (270) to win Presidential elections are a nationwide set of state-by-state contests Problems? Originally conception failed Problem elections: 1800-Tie, led to 12 th amendment 1824-JQ Adams wins EC and popular vote, but is defeated by Jackson who is chosen by the house 1876-Hages elected by house, though he lost popular vote to Tilden 1888-Harrison elected even though he loses pop. Vote to Cleveland 2000- GW Bush Advantages of EC Requires absolute majority (Enhances legitimacy) Forces candidates to appeal to broad geographic constituency Enhances power of state political parties Disadvantages Possibility of anomalous outcomes...
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