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Meaning of popular vote

pop'ular vote'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the vote for a U.S. presidential candidate made by the qualified voters, as opposed to that made by the electoral college. Cf.
  2. the vote for a candidate, issue, etc., made by the qualified voters, as opposed to a vote made by elected representatives.
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