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In a presidential election, what is the relationship between the popular vote and the Electoral college?

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In the presidential election, the Electoral College is what really elects the president. Each state gets a number of electoral votes and if the candidate wins the popular vote in that state then they will all the electoral votes for the state. There are some states that split the electoral votes up into districts like Nebraska and Maine but for the most part, if you win the state you win all the votes. At the national level, the popular vote doesn't matter in terms of winning the election and recently there have been several instances where the president-elect wins the electoral college but loses the popular vote.

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