17 Nov 2016

Winning the popular vote but losing the election

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 2:34 pm on 17 November 2016

Donald Trump won the 2016 US Election despite losing the popular vote to Hilary Clinton. This is the fifth time this has happened in US history and is due to the US Electoral College voting system.  

We have also experienced elections here in New Zealand in which the party with the most votes lost. Victoria University Grant Morris looks back.

Robert Muldoon campaigning, 1981

Robert Muldoon campaigning, 1981 Photo: Ministry of Culture and Heritage

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