In Utah (and most states) the winning candidate gets all delegates. Generally, a candidate must get more than 50% of the vote in order to win an election. But in the case of a multi-party race, what happens if there is a three-way split? Does the candidate with the most votes take all?

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    Do you mind putting that "generally" in a cultural context? Plurality voting/ first past the post is by no means uncommon, even in the USA.
    – origimbo
    Oct 13, 2016 at 0:56
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    A majority vote requirement is very uncommon in the U.S. in federal elections. A couple of states (most notably Louisiana) have it, but the lion's share of states require a mere plurality to win.
    – ohwilleke
    Oct 24, 2016 at 8:13
  • I guess I was thinking about how the voting worked at the county convention and assumed it was that way in a general election.
    – esteuart
    Oct 27, 2016 at 16:14

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Under Utah election law (specifically Title 20A, Chapter 13, Part 3, Section 301(2) of the Utah Code),

The highest number of votes cast for a political party's president and vice president candidates elects the presidential electors selected by that political party.

A majority is not required.


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