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In 2008 Barack Obama won 52.93 percent of the popular vote in the presidential election and 365 of the 538 votes in the electoral college. Because 270 votes is a majority in the electoral college, he won the election. Can he carry both the popular and electoral vote again in 2012? If the popular vote in only a few states is close, the result of the election in the electoral college will hang in the balance. Will we have another scrap in the U.S. Supreme Court, as we did in 2000 with Bush v. Gore?

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