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How do I read the US Presidential Election Results as shown by Google?

When Googling Presidential Election Results the following metadata is shown, part of which is confusing me. Can anyone enlighten me as to what these percentages represent? (Obviously the other numbers ...
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Why do so few people vote for the Green Party? [closed]

Now, I don't have comprehensive knowledge of what the Green Party represents, and I only just recently learned of their existence. But from the wikipedia page, it seems like they stand for everything ...
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Which electors are chosen in divided state?

Maybe title isn't 100% accurate. So let's say there is state X, where people have to pick 30 electors. As I know there is a rule 'winner takes all'. What happens when one of parties win in state ...
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What are the rules for reporting vote counts on election night by the news media?

High school was a long time ago for me but I seem to remember my history/government teacher saying the news media wasn't allowed to report vote counts in presidential elections since reporting the ...
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How are some counties announced in US election before polls close?

I understand there are a few areas like Dixville Notch, N.H where everyone in the area votes at midnight, and because they are so small they know everyone has voted and hence they can release their ...
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Why are there two white bins inside a voting machine?

Inside the Insight voting machine that people in the US must have used on Nov 8 to insert their filled out ballots,, there are actually two white bins that collect the ballots, one smaller than the ...
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Identifying write-in presidential candidates

Let's say I write-in "John Smith" on a ballot, how does the election board know which John Smith I voted for? Even if I write in a well known politician like let's say Paul Ryan, there must be more ...
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Is the result of the general election final on 8th of Nov, 2016?

I'm a little bit confused by reading about the faithless elector. If one candidate won more than 270 votes on the election day. Is there an chance when the electors come to vote in December, some of ...
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What candidates can be voted on in a deadlock in a general election?

As per the Twelfth Amendment, I am of the understanding that in a deadlock situation in a general election, the vote goes to the House of Representatives, with each state getting a single collective ...
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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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Do news network collaborate with other networks when projecting the winner of a state?

Once the polls close, news networks will start projecting the winner of a state, sometimes almost instantly. Do they collaborate with other news networks when projecting the winner or do they project ...
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Does a greater margin of victory in the popular vote convert to political capital?

Is there any evidence to suggest that, all things being equal, a US president who wins election by a greater margin of the popular vote is able to push his/her agenda further or govern more ...
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Where is the House of Representatives forecast on 538?

On 538 2016 Election Forecast, there are two tabs: Presidential and Senate election. Where's their forecast for House of Representatives?
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Who can, in the US, challenge the registration of a voter?

According to this article, many (predominantly black) voters were purged of the right to vote after mail delivered to their adress bounced, with the NAACP suing against this : The lawsuit charges ...
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Could faithless electors really change the USA president?

Let's say Trump wins the Nov 8 2016 election but, because some Alabama electors break their pledge, the electoral college chooses Clinton on Jan 6. It seems that those electors would then just need ...
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Has Trump publicly stated during what period he believed the USA to be great?

Perhaps the most known slogan by the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016 is Make America great again. Has he made any public statement exactly what period in history he considered that the ...
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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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Why are the candidates at the bottom end of polls still trying? [duplicate]

I'm wondering why the candidates at 2% or 4% are still running? Are they doing anything? Do they have to keep running? I just do not get why you would keep spending money on a campaign that is ...
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Were there any U.S. Presidents that were very unpopular when elected?

I've read in a few news sources that whoever wins the current 2016 presidential election will already have generally low (below 45%) favorability among the general U.S. population, even among people ...
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U.S. president-elect impeachment trial before taking office? [duplicate]

Can a U.S. president-elect be impeached or have an impeachment trial begin before taking office?
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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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What will happen to 'Nathan Johnson'?

Evan McMullin's on the ballot with Nathan Johnson though his running mate's Mindy Finn. His campaign said that it's a placeholder. Since the deadline's passed to change, he's stuck with Johnson. ...
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What would happen if Hillary Clinton was convicted and sent to prison? [duplicate]

Lately, there's been a lot of re-kindled hubbub about Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her mishandling of potentially-classified information (emails). It makes me wonder, what would happen ...
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Is Trump's focus on Clinton's emails beneficial to his campaign?

As most know, Trump has been making a significant deal out of the Clinton email issue, with a resurgence on the topic occurring recently due to certain comments from the FBI investigator. Is there ...
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Can the US election be postponed if the FBI reopens the investigation?

If the FBI reopens the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server or they open an investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified material, is it possible to ...
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Have pollsters examined the possibility of a “shy Tory factor” in the 2016 presidential election?

Most of the polling for the 2016 US presidential election have been favourable to Hillary Clinton. One of the biggest questions I have right now is whether the polling is accurate. In particular, ...
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Why is Trump spending less than Hillary Clinton?

I've read various reports about Trump not spending much money in the presidential election. In hindsight, him not spending much money in the primaries made sense, as he got so much "earned coverage" ...
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Where can I find US election results by county from before 1920?

While researching US election data, I found out there is not data for US presidential elections down to county level for elections before 1920. Is this data hard to find or it does not exist?
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What is gerrymandering?

What is gerrymandering? Is Adam Ruins Everything - Why Rigging Elections Is Completely Legal an accurate description of gerrymandering? What was the original idea behind it?
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What election is going on? [closed]

I am french and a huge lover of english speaking countries and I have a question : What is actually happening in America right now ? I know there's the debate between Clinton and Trump. What ...
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How are Electoral College electors chosen for write-in votes for President?

In the United States, when people vote for president, they actually vote for the electors. For instance, the Ohio ballot says the following: "A vote for any candidates for President and Vice ...
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What are Donald Trump's legal options if he loses the Presidential Election?

So assume sometime on the night of November 8th or maybe in the wee hours of the morning on the 9th, the media declares one Hillary Clinton the next president of the US. In response Donald Trump does ...
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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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What are some of the “true” swing states in the U.S 2016 election cycle?

I'm talking about ones where the margin is less then 7 points, or has swinged by more then 5 in polls within the 2012 results and polls currently in that state or is trending way too much to one party ...
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Why is Trump not firm on accepting the election result?

Donald Trump occasionally claims that the election in November is rigged and stated during the 3rd presidential debate that he "will keep you in suspense". Election Day hasn't even arrived and he is ...
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Has any US President-Elect ever failed to take office?

Has any US President-Elect ever failed to take office? Either by refusing, or by some health or legal issue which has come up between Polling Day and Inauguration Day? If this did happen, would the ...
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Are the US presidential debates pre-taped?

Just before the beginning of the third presidential debate, the moderator reminded the audience they needed to keep quiet during the event, and said they would be starting things momentarily "at 3:00."...
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Would the outgoing VP break a Senate tie for his successor?

The Twelfth Amendment specifies: The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors ...
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Why did Gary Johnson's support erode in late October 2016?

We all know that he had been, a few months back, a viable candidate in the Libertarian party, for progressives and conservatives, who were disaffected with Trump as the GOP nominee with his disgusting ...
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What happens in the event of a tie for a 12th amendment House vote?

Evan McMullin is running for president, hoping to be elected via the 12th amendment, which would require him to receive at least 1 EC vote, and there to not be a candidate that receives the minimum ...
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Can members of the Electoral College also cast a “normal” vote?

Are members of the Electoral College allowed to vote in the general election? It would make perfect sense that they could cast a ballot like everyone else (because there's stuff on the ballot besides ...
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What happens if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton drop out of the 2016 American presidential race?

If a presidential candidate in the USA drops out of the race before (or during) election day, but after early voting has begun, what happens to that party's ticket? For example, if Donald Trump or ...
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What happens in Utah, if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote?

In Utah (and most states) the winning candidate takes 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, ...
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What happens if no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes?

I have seen polls that indicate that Evan McMullin is statistically even with Trump and Clinton in the state of Utah. With the possibility of six votes taken away by another candidate it is possible ...
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Why would the Russian government use hackers and email leaks to try to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election? [closed]

Assuming the Joint Statement from the Department Of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security is correct that: only Russia’s senior-most officials ...
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People Writing in Pence for President

With the most recent comments that have surfaced, I see many Republicans saying they will write in Pence on Election Day. If people write in "Pence", does that vote still go to the combined "Trump/...
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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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Why has Trump completed erased Clinton's lead in Ohio?

Recently, after Clinton's debate bounce, she has overtaken or increased her lead in various swing states, such as Florida, Nevada and North Carolina. However, it seems like Trump continues to lead in ...
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Would Obama's viewing Trump's tax returns be seen as overstepping his authority?

26 U.S. Code § 6103(g)(1) says that the President can request tax return information from the IRS: Upon written request by the President, signed by him personally, the Secretary shall furnish to ...
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What voting system is used (in the majority of states) for the US presidential (electoral) vote?

Having done a bit of a search, I already know that on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November, voters of the US may cast a vote (using a system specific to their state), which, when ...