The Votes That Really Count

During the end game of a close election, the millions of votes and millions of dollars boil down to a dinky little figure: 270, the electoral college majority that takes its owner to the White House. The battle for that number is an uneven one. For a generation, Republicans have held a significant edge in electoral math. Even when Michael Dukakis was clearly ahead in the opinion polls two months ago, his base of probable electoral votes was no better than even with George Bush's. Today the Bush bulge, though marginal nationwide, translates into an intimidating electoral count approaching 270. This...

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