Essay on Presidential Election : Presidential Elections

1574 Words Nov 17th, 2016 7 Pages
The 2016 presidential election was a unique election cycle in the sense that it did not follow normal election cycle protocol, and the result was one that has rarely occurred in American history, where a candidate wins the popular vote, yet loses the Electoral College and the presidency. A small majority of Americans wanted Secretary Clinton to be President, yet Mr. Trump won the Electoral College and 2016 Presidential Election. Even though Secretary Clinton won the popular vote, she still lost the general election. This is one of the few times in U.S. history where the popular vote did not coincide with the Electoral College decision. According to Thomas Patterson (2013), author of We the People, the elections of 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000 were the only elections where a candidate won the presidency after losing the popular vote (p. 400). This happened for a few reasons. This discrepancy is due to the geography, demographic, and political party affiliation of many American voters. Mr. Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election because of his party affiliation, stances on key issues, and overall candidate image.
To illustrate the importance of geography in this election and why the geography of the U.S. helped Mr. Trump win the Electoral College, consider the following information. According to the official 2016 CNN Exit Polls, or “surveys of a small percentage of voters taken after they leave their voting place”, the area type exit polls might help explain Mr. Trump’s win…

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