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
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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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