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Mitt Romney Says a Presidential Candidate Needs 50% of the Vote to be Elected President
|Last Edited||Picimpalious May 31, 2012 04:20am|
|News Date||Tuesday, May 29, 2012 10:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||According to this news story, Mitt Romney recently said he needs 50.1% of the vote to be elected President. In the context, it seems obvious he meant the popular vote. |
Of course, this is not true. Presidents who have been elected with less than 50% of the popular vote include John Quincy Adams, James Polk, Zachery Taylor, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Grover Cleveland (twice), Benjamin Harrison, Woodrow Wilson (twice), Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton (twice), and George W. Bush.