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How much apparel has Trump sold?

I'm interested in how much Trump apparel is out there: how much has been produced or ordered or sold by his campaign, how much his supporters have bought or been given—and how this compares to that of ...
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What share of Donald Trump's voters in 2016 voted for George Bush in 2004?

Donald J. Trump (DJT) received roughly 63 million votes in 2016. Geroge W. Bush (GWB) received 62 million votes in 2004. At the same time the US Population has grown from 293 to 322 million people (...
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30+ years ago, why was there often a huge split between the presidential and house elections but not anymore?

In 1988, Republican presidential nominee (and incumbent vice president) George H.W. Bush won 40 out of 50 states and a 7.8% margin in the popular vote. On the same day, Democrats in the House of ...
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Who would have won the 2016 presidency if all states' electors were allocated proportionally?

Hypothetically, if all states were to allocate their electors proportionally to the votes in their state, who would have won the last election? That is, let's say that there was a constitutional ...
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Is it possible to rig the American presidential elections?

Donald Trump accused the American establishment of trying to rig the presidential election in favor of Hillary Clinton: "Remember, we are competing in a rigged election," Trump said at a Wisconsin ...
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How do the Iowa caucuses differ from other elections in voter behavior?

The Iowa caucuses are of course different than other primaries and elections. Democratic ballots are not secret. However, the time costs are greater. A lot of research on voter participation mentions ...
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To what extent did Dilma Rousseff's impeachment increase Jair Bolsonaro's chances to be president?

On October 2014, Dilma Rousseff got reelected as president of Brazil (wiki article on it). One year later, an impeachment against her started and by August 2016 she was removed from office. All the ...
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Voter Turnout Discrepancy

Another question about the 2016 US presidential election. I was comparing the voter turnout reported for Wayne County, Michigan by the State Board of Elections with the voter turnout reported by the ...
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How can the US electoral college vote be so different to the popular vote?

I've seen some of the YouTube and news outlet pieces on the mechanics of how the USA's electoral college voting system works. But if electors are supposed to follow the popular vote and the popular ...
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Disclosure and publishing of 'catch and kill' practices favouring a presidential candidate

Catch and kill is the practice by a media outlet to buy the right to a negative story about someone and not publish it so that the story doesn't go public. Suppose this technique was used by a ...
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By what percent do state undervote counts usually vary over successive election years?

According to mlive.com, in the 2016 Presidential election Michigan voters submitted 76% more undervotes than they did in 2012: 87,810: Number of voters this election who cast a ballot but did not ...
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Is paying for ex-staff's silence a legal use of campaign funds?

The Trump administration reportedly requires outgoing staff members to sign NDAs (NYT).1,2 Also reported, these agreements provide the staff member a $15,000 per month payment (NYT) for their silence. ...
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Where can I do my own analysis of exit poll data?

All the media sites do their own rollups of the exit poll data, but the dimensions they pick are static. Is there any site where I can pivot on my own sets of dimensions? E.g. I see married men went ...
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Do American citizens have the right to prevent a president from taking the oath of office?

As Americans, do we have the right and/or duty to prevent an individual from taking the Oath of Office to become the president if they strongly oppose that individual?
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Could Duterte run for US president? Is he a U.S. citizen?

After all the Philippines got their independence in 1946 and he was born in 1945 which I believe implies he is a U.S. citizen. If he is a U.S. citizen would there be anything in law forbidding him ...
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Can US voters prevent major presidential candidates from winning by voting for a non-existing write-in candidate?

If there were a very successful online movement to prevent either major party candidate from winning, would the following scenario be possible? To express disdain for the current major party ...
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Why are US national party conventions important to electoral politics?

Are national party conventions in the United States important to electoral politics because they empower party leaders or because they control who delegates vote for? Or is there a different reason?
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What are presidential candidate Iván Duque's main points about the peace deal signed with FARC in Colombia?

Last May 27, there was the first round of the Colombian presidential election 2018. The two politicians that made it to the final round are Iván Duque, rightwinger, and Gustavo Petro, a former ...
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What are the arguments to say that there is a non-democratic government in Venezuela?

After the recent presidential elections in Venezuela on May 20th, despite lots of international and neutral observers, most media keep saying that the elections were corrupted. Besides, most media ...
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How to make a political figure to not giving speech about his political vision in an event?

I am about to make an event and going to invite some political figures. The event must be a politic free event. But, I can't control the action of these political figures. This year is the year ...
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Multiple/ Changing running mate in US presidential election

Would a presidential candidate be able to change his/her running mate after ballot papers have been printed? For example, Independent Candidate Evan McMullin placed "Nathan Johnson" from California ...
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In two-round system, how common is that the two remaining candidates have more votes than all candidates (including both of them) on first round?

As this answer exemplifies, in the Brazilian 2014 Presidential Election, the sum of the votes of the remaining two candidates in the second round (~105.5 million) exceeds the sum of their's plus the ...
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How could François Fillon recover in the polls after his financial scandals?

A couple of months ago I was wondering if Can François Fillon be replaced as candidate of The Republicans to the presidential elections? . He finally did not and he has been slowly but steadily ...
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What significance does the announcement that Marine Le Pen is momentarily stepping aside as the leader of France's “Front National” have?

I have read that Marine Le Pen has announced that she will momentarily step aside from her role as the leader of France's Front National (FN) political party. How does this have any relevance for the ...
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Why have markets reacted well to the first round of the French presidential election?

I've heard that markets have reacted well to the first round of the French presidential election, in which the National Front candidate and a centrist, mainstream candidate got through to the second ...
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What is the political proposal of Emmanuel Macron?

I have to admit that not being French, I have not paid too close attention to the various proposals of the different presidential candidates. Now that the second turn draws near, I'd like to ...
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Is it possible to call an Early Election in the US?

In the hypothetical case that every member of the government (president and vice president included) wanted to call an early election, replacing the sitting president and vice president, would they be ...
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Can the imprisoned Egypt presidential candidate Ahmed Konsowa be on the ballot? What is the law applying to him?

I found a tweet by POMED (Project on Middle East Democracy) that shares an image whose title is: Dropping like flies: Sisi's purge of potential candidates in Egypt's presidential "election":...
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What is meant by “term” for presidency in US? [duplicate]

When it is said a single term or two term president then does it means that the president was elected for the office of President one time or two time or did the president was in his position for 4 ...
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How can voter ID laws in U.S. hurt minorities from voting? [duplicate]

A lot of studies have found out that compulsory registration for voter ID card primarily hurts minorities like African Americans and so most Republican states are deploying it. Link - https://www.vox....
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Can non-US citizens join super-PACs or pay for attack ads in the US?

Is there any law which prohibits foreigners (non-US citizens) from spending billions of dollars to sway U.S. elections by deliberately placing attack ads against certain political parties ? Can ...
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Why does a country like the United States have vote bank politics?

Vote bank politics is defined as: A votebank (also spelled vote-bank or vote bank) is a loyal bloc of voters from a single community, who consistently back a certain candidate or political ...
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Tie in Presidential Elections [duplicate]

What will be the procedure if both Democrat and Republican candidate get equal votes in the presidential elections? Will recounting be done? Or will re-election take place?
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Presidential Election via STV?

STV when talking about voting systems stands for Single Transferable Vote. Is it even possible to fairly elect a president via STV? Representatives, yes, but a president? Here is what I think would ...
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Is the U.S. still a democracy now that the President lost the popular vote?

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, Democracy can mean rule of majority. Is the U.S. still a democracy now that Donald Trump is leading the executive branch while he lost the popular ...
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Written contract with a presidential candidate? [duplicate]

Why we use written contracts everywhere, but not doing it for the most important thing? Wouldn't it be wise to prepare a contract with all the possible questions with check marks or empty fields to ...
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Where would it make sense for Presidential candidates to campaign, assuming that the US moves away from the Electoral College system?

A lot of ink has been spilled on the issue of the Electoral College and how it reduces the election campaign to a few swing States. But what if the system was overhauled tomorrow to a simple first-...
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How can EU/USA consider Russian presidential elections legitimate if non-Russian citizens in Crimea will be able to take part in them?

There will be presidential elections in Russia in March 2018. EU and USA do not considered Crimea as part of Russia, however citizens of that region (around 2 million people) will take part in that ...
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How to better ensure no conflict with laws of the United States for a person wanting to run for public office [closed]

If the only qualifications to be eligible for the President of the United States of America is that of: Be a natural-born U.S. citizen Be at least 35 years old Have resided in the U.S. at least 14 ...
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Do swing states get significant benefits from the disproportional attention during Presidential campaigns?

Looking at the map of campaign visits by Presidential candidates in 2016, it's obvious that a handful of swing states receive a disproportionate amount of attention from both the Democratic and the ...
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Is it possible by law to run for President of the United States without appearing in public?

The title says it all. Imagine the candidate has some sort of medical restriction and can't leave his house. He or she can talk personally only with limited number of people. Can he entrust all the ...
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Why is “Equal Pay for Equal Work” regulation controversial?

I was going to ask this question when I heard Hillary Clinton said in the first presidential debate that: "Trump has said women don't deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men." I thought ...
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Are concession speeches legally binding?

On Wednesday November 9, 2016 early in the morning Hillary Clinton conceded the election to Donald Trump. However, at that time: most provisional ballots had not been examined or counted yet many ...
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Prior to the 2000 election, were there any predictions that Gore would win the electoral but lose the popular vote

I seem to remember such predictions, though obviously they are lost in the noise of the reverse situation that actually happened. But Does anyone have links to any notable predictions/analysis/...
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Panel data on US presidents electoral legitimacy

This Gallup poll asked the question: " Now that Donald Trump has been declared the winner and will be inaugurated in January, will you accept him as the legitimate president, or not?" On the same ...
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What is the point of the twenty-second amendment?

The twenty-second amendment ensures that American presidents can get at most two terms. What is the point of this rule? Was there ever a documented reason at the time it was put in place?
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What is with the speech audience?

I am asian and have been in the U.S. for several years, and this has puzzled me for quite a while: Every time I watch some public speech given by political figures, I am like "what is with those ...
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How to find out the minimum popular vote percentage determine the minimum popular vote that yields a majority of electors in the college? [duplicate]

For simplicity, I would assume that all electors are faithful and use 2016 November general election information (registered votes and turnover), so that I work with realistic figures (especially when ...
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Can a US political party reject a potential candidate?

An individual presents themselves to an American political party, expressing a wish to be that party's candidate in the next Presidential election. The individual passes all the Constitutional ...
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As of August 2017, what would it take for Bernie Sanders to assume the presidency of the United States?

Yes, I am aware that November 2016 has long passed, but what would have to happen for Bernie to assume the presidency while Donald Trump is still president? I'm aware of a line of succession (...