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Forget opinion poll mania; real action is election night

Forget opinion poll mania; real action is election night

As America's voters ponder which of the two major-party presidential nominees they dislike less this year, polls continue to flood the political marketplace reporting a tightening race between them.

A recent CNN/ORC survey, defying a public perception that Hillary Clinton could be heading toward a landslide over Donald Trump in November, actually reported him edging ahead of her nationally by two percentage points. How can this be?

The simple answer is that we don't elect presidents by the national popular vote; we do so by the vote of the Electoral College, a non-matriculating, non-educational body with no students and no campus anywhere. Each of the 50 states, plus the...

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