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Unformatted text preview: which makes it easier for minor parties to succeed because there are more members winning seats in the legislature. The Electoral College The Electoral College exacerbates the winner-take-all system because in all but two states, whoever wins the most popular votes wins all of the states electoral votes in the presidential election. The electoral rules favor a two-party system, and minor parties have a very difficult time competing in such a system. Even successful third-party candidates often fail to get a single electoral vote. Example: In the 1992 presidential election, independent candidate H. Ross Perot received nearly 19 percent of the popular vote, but he did not get a single electoral vote. Other recent third-party candidatesincluding John Anderson in 1980, Perot again in 1996, and Ralph Nader in 2000also failed to win electoral votes. The last third-party candidate to win any electoral votes was George Wallace in 1968s tumultuous election....
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course POS POS2112 taught by Professor Leslietaylor during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.
- Winter '09