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Politics

Winner of popular vote may be denied presidency

Analysts lay out scenarios for the Electoral College

The exceptionally close race between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has once again raised the possibility of a candidate winning the popular vote but losing the White House by falling short in electoral votes.

In most recent scenarios, Romney is projected as the victim in this odd quirk of the US voting system. Polls show him winning more overall individual votes, yet Obama retaining a narrow lead in enough states to accumulate more than the required 270 electoral votes needed to be reelected president. The candidate who wins the most individual votes in a state, even if by just a single vote, almost always gets all its electoral votes.

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