Dropping out of college?

It delivered the 2000 and 2016 US presidential elections to George W Bush and Donald Trump in hugely controversial style. But now the electoral college system is coming under sustained attack

7th April, 2019
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in the US presidential election, ahead of Donald Trump and George W Bush respectively – but neither ended up in the White House Picture: Getty

In the 2000 US presidential election, Democrat candidate Al Gore received 50,999,897 votes, half a million more than his Republican rival George W Bush. The margin was razor thin – less than half a per cent – but there was no doubt that Gore had won the popular vote. In a democracy that prides itself on representing the will of the people, that should have ensured that he was the next US president. But it...

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