This is why someone can lose the majority of the popular vote … but win the election!
…. one of the strangest and most unsatisfying features of our Constitution is the electoral college. In 1824, this led the country to outrage at what most thought to be an underhanded presidential election. Since party nominating conventions were not yet developed, six formidable candidates competed in the general election … Read this and more at
Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman by Random House