Majority

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The number of votes cast for a winning candidate if the number is more than one half of the total votes counted in the election. The term is distinguished from plurality only by the percentage of the vote received by the winning candidate. A plurality is achieved with less than 50% and a majority is achieved with more than 50%.

An example of a majority result: In 1996, William Clinton won the state of New York with a majority of the 6,135,129 votes cast for President: 3,756,177 votes (59.47%). Robert Dole received 1,933,492 votes (30.61%) and H. Ross Perot received 503,458 votes (7.97%) (See New York 1996 Summary Results).

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