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Marth Coakley
How to break the hold of the two-party system
How to break the hold of the two-party system

Republican Rick Scott won the Florida midterm election for governor, but 51.8% of voters did not want him. Democrat Gina Raimondo was elected governor of Rhode Island, despite 59.2% of voters choosing someone else. What is up with the math of the midterms? The midterm elections are an example of what is called a first-past-the-post voting system. This is an elegant way to run an election because it results in a clear and concise overall winner (and the occasional, very rare tied result). This is partly because each voter can convey only a single piece of information: his or her preferred winner. One person must get the most results, and so they win. But the problem is, someone can be...

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