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Most states always give 100% of their electoral votes to the candidate with a simple majority of popular votes. Therefore, with three candidates, it is theoretically possible to be elected unanimously with only 34% of the popular votes.

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Q: How was it possible for a candidate who won nearly 20 percent of the popular vote to receive no votes in the electoral college?
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