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Glennon’s critique sounds like an outsider’s take, even a radical one. In fact, he is the quintessential insider: He was legal counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a consultant to various congressional committees, as well as to the State Department. “National Security and Double Government” comes favorably blurbed by former members of the Defense Department, State Department, White House, and even the CIA. And he’s not a conspiracy theorist: Rather, he sees the

Organizing and planning a campaign should be the other area to focus on. Most campaigns won't be successful without a campaign plan. Once a written campaign plan is in place the infrastructure of the campaign must be filled out. Volunteers are just as important as money. They not only represent a resource to some of the jobs in a campaign, they are also a demonstration to other voters that the candidate has grassroots support. That's when the enthusiasm for a candidate can become contagious.

Say there was a ballot with three candidates: A Republican, a Democrat, and a Libertarian. Under our current system, someone who likes the relatively unpopular Libertarians would probably make the rational decision to suck it up and vote for their second favorite choice (the Republicans) so that their least favorite choice (the Democrats) don't win. Under instant runoff voting, however, they'd instead rank Libertarians as their first choice, Republicans their second, and Democrats their third. Then, if the

This way, even if a party doesn't win the majority of the vote in any given district, they still have congressional representation. All a third would need in order to get one congressional seat is one percent of the vote . Advocates claim that this system takes better account of the true beliefs of the voters, allowing relatively small and distinct groups to have their own unique say in the political process.

Given the general state of the Republican party, such comments now attract precious little attention. Truth and facts are but two options among many. The party's base, overrun by birthers, climate change deniers and creationists, and every now and one makes it to the top and bobs out into the airwaves.

Initially when we did this story, we found that if you start with the biggest-electoral-vote states, the answer is 27 percent. However, we have an update: as Andrej Schoeke very , there's another way to do it (via ) that requires even less of the popular vote: start with the smallest-electoral-vote states. Our math went through a few iterations on this but by our final math, in 2012 that could have meant winning the presidency with only around 23 percent of the popular vote.This kind of popular-electoral vo

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