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On the measure of self-promotion bashing, there was a statistically significant effect, indicating that the winner of the popular vote bashed less than did the loser of the popular vote.
The compact would be activated when enough states sign on to garner the necessary 270 electors needed to ensure that the president of the United States is elected by national popular vote.
The good news is that, just as states were free to adopt or not adopt a winner-take-all approach, they remain free to change their laws to ensure that the popular vote winner becomes president.
On the other hand, Trump would get 20,000 votes in the first state plus 27,500 in each of the eight other states (or 220,000 in the eight), giving him a grand total of 240,000 popular votes nationwide.
Here, too, pollsters — and the media that co-sponsored or covered the polls — stumbled, largely because the popular vote metric itself is of limited utility and cannot, of itself, predict the outcome of the Electoral College.
By signing on to the National Popular Vote Compact, New York pledges to award its 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in ALL 50 States plus the District of Columbia, but only to take effect once enough other states have passed identical legislation to comprise a majority of the Electoral Colleges 538 votes.
Candidates are not required to win the popular vote nationwide, but they must amass a majority of the 538 "electoral votes" that are awarded to each state based on population.
Some states have laws that require electors to vote for the candidate that won the popular vote, while other electors are bound by pledges to a specific political party.
The National Popular Vote plan--which is based on the fact that the Constitution lets each state decide how to award its electoral votes--would solve these problems: It calls for states to award all their electoral votes to the candidate who gets the most votes nationally.
The United States is almost unique among contemporary democratic republics in that its President and Vice President are elected indirectly, on a federal basis, rather than directly by popular vote on a nationwide basis.
Any state that ratifies NPV vows to pledge its Electoral College delegates to whichever candidate wins the popular vote count nationwide - regardless of the results in that state.
Proponents of the National Popular Vote point out that the state winner-take-all rule is not in the Constitution.