- The Electoral College, in the US, is what determines who wins elections, even if a candidate suffers defeat in national polls
- Under the system, electoral votes are allotted to 50 states in the country and the District of Columbia based on its population
- Some of the presidents who won through the process were George Bush, Benjamin Harrison and the incumbent, Donald Trump
In the United States of America (USA)'s presidential elections, it is the Electoral College and not the national popular vote that determines the winner.
The popular vote is only used to determine the winners of members of Congress, mayors, governors, state legislators and other local officials.
According to a report by New York Times, a presidential candidate can lose the popular vote but still win the election.
Legit.ng lists a number of past leaders who clinched victory through this system.
Although Clinton won the popular vote by about three million votes, Trump garnered 57% of the Electoral College handing him a sweet victory to the White House.
In the US 2000 general election, former Texas governor George Bush earned more Electoral College votes than his Democratic rival Al Gore who got the popular vote.
Bush emerged the winner in a highly contested election that was determined by the Supreme Court that led to a recount in the state of Florida.
Abraham Lincoln in 1860, John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996 who claimed less than 50% of the popular vote but were handed power through Electoral College votes.
Meanwhile, some predictions as to the economic and regulatory experiences American businesses will possibly go through if President Donald Trump eventually clinches victory at the ongoing presidential poll in the United States (US) have been made.
First, the expectation is that upon re-election electronic vehicle makers (automakers) under the Trump-led administration will have to deal with the heat from a war between Washington and California over climate policy.
Already, the disagreement with California over emissions and electric vehicles has divided automakers, because the state had sued Trump for rolling back national vehicle emissions standards and making moves to undo the state’s authority to approve the selling of electric vehicles.
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