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« on: August 13, 2018, 08:40:02 am »

Why doesn't Georgia require a run-off in presidential elections if no candidate reaches 50%? I previously assumed run-offs are only for statewide elections such as governor, but senate elections require a second round as well if none gets above 50%. Why not going to the same requirements? At least among federal posts.
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2018, 09:31:52 am »

In 1968, the GA Democratic party wanted Wallace to win and worried he couldn't win a runoff, so they changed the rules.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2018, 09:51:33 am »

In 1968, the GA Democratic party wanted Wallace to win and worried he couldn't win a runoff, so they changed the rules.

He would have won a run-off against Nixon or Humphrey, I guess.
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2018, 07:49:35 pm »

I thought they DID require a Presidential run-off.

In 1992, CNN took Georgia off its Election Night board because Clinton only won it with 43%.  I always assumed that the reason Bush didn't push the runoff was because he was too far behind to win, anyway.
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2018, 09:45:37 am »

I thought they DID require a Presidential run-off.

In 1992, CNN took Georgia off its Election Night board because Clinton only won it with 43%.  I always assumed that the reason Bush didn't push the runoff was because he was too far behind to win, anyway.

Was it on Bush to call for a run-off?
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2018, 07:45:21 pm »

I've wondered this myself.  I guess the only reason why either candidate would request one would be if Georgia happened to be the deciding state in the Electoral College.
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2018, 08:41:59 pm »

I thought they DID require a Presidential run-off.

In 1992, CNN took Georgia off its Election Night board because Clinton only won it with 43%.  I always assumed that the reason Bush didn't push the runoff was because he was too far behind to win, anyway.

Was it on Bush to call for a run-off?

I don't know.  I thought so, but maybe CNN misspoke with regard to their knowledge of GA law.
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2018, 10:32:23 pm »

I thought they DID require a Presidential run-off.

In 1992, CNN took Georgia off its Election Night board because Clinton only won it with 43%.  I always assumed that the reason Bush didn't push the runoff was because he was too far behind to win, anyway.

Was it on Bush to call for a run-off?

I don't know.  I thought so, but maybe CNN misspoke with regard to their knowledge of GA law.
No itís just a plurality for presidential elections as highlighted under section F.
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