Kerry Lost Popular Vote But Nearly Won Electoral College

This post is part of a series of new research released by Making Every Vote Count.

In 2004, John Kerry lost national popular vote but nearly won electoral college…

•Kerry was 3 million behind in popular vote

•Kerry had 251 electoral votes

•Ohio with 20 electors would have given him victory

•If 60,000 votes had switched, he would’ve won Ohio’s 20 electors and won the election while losing the popular vote

•But if Ohio had pledged its electors to the popular vote, Kerry could not have won this way