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On Tue, 8 Nov 2016 06:39:45 -0800 (PST), "Peter T. Daniels"
Post by Peter T. Daniels
The three major broadcast networks have scheduled their
coverage from 7 pm to 2 am, and PBS (Public Broadcasting) from
8 pm to 1 am.
Fox, however, has allocated only two hours, from 8 to 10 pm.
Mr. Murdoch's people seem to know it will all be over as soon
as results from the Eastern Time "swing states," Florida and
Ohio and maybe North Carolina, are in (some add New Hampshire,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Michigan to that category).
Michaela on CNN was just interviewing a young woman outside of a
polling place who said she was still undecided.
You can't make this stuff up.
Well, I've said I wasn't decided when I really was and either
didn't want to get into a debate with the other person, or thought
my opinions were none of their business.
Okay, but this was a news interview. Time is precious. The
interviewer/reporter is not going to let anybody wander - although
Her husband was voting for Clinton, but her brother was voting for
Trump, so she could not make up her mind.
A question about the election process. It's been stated here in the UK
that both major candidates are so unpopular that many people might vote
for a third one (whose name escapes me for now). What happens if he
picks up enough votes so he wins a couple of states and neither Clinton
nor Trump get to the magic 270 electoral college votes? Does the
candidate with the higher number become President or do they need an
outright majority? What if - God forbid - he picks up just the right
states so that it ends up a tie between Clinton and Trump? Given that
there's an even number of electoral college votes, is this a possibility
in a normal year?
There are three "serious" third-party candidates, Libertarian doofus
Gary Johnson, Green Party nonentity Doctor Jill Stein, and independent
Evan McDonnell (or something like that), who wasn't on the ballot in NJ.
For a short time it looked like he was leading in Utah, but Trump
seems to have regained his lead there.
The last time a third-party candidate won any states and hence
Electoral College votes was George Wallace in 1968, but Nixon still
had a majority of the 538). Not even Ross Perot in '92 and '96
carried any states, but he did keep Clinton from getting a majority
of the popular vote.
The winner has to get an absolute majority of Electoral votes,
i.e. 270. If no candidate reaches 270, the House of Representatives chooses
the President with each state getting one vote. The last time that happened
was 1824, and it was the closest we came to a true electoral crisis.