Monday, April 8, 2019

POWER of a bloc vote!

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POWER of a bloc vote

      (Many of you know the power of a bloc vote from our earlier e-newsletters.
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Candidates A and B are competing to be the governor of a state with 10 million votes. For simplicity's sake, let's assume that the state has two types of voters. The mainstream group has 9 million votes. The minority group has 1 million votes.

     If you are a candidate which group would you court to win the race?  The 9 million vote mainstream group, right?   Not so fast.  

     Candidate A courts the mainstream group successfully.  On election day, A 
wins that group by a margin of 53% to 47%.  Many gubernatorial elections have smaller margins of differences than that.  The difference is 6%.  6% of 9 million votes is 540,000 votes.  So B is losing by 540,000 votes coming out of the mainstream group.

    Candidate B courts the minority group, because the minority group knows how to deliver a bloc vote of 80% to 20%.  B wins that group.  The difference between 80% and 20% is 60%.  60% of one million votes is 600,000. So B 
wins the governor's seat by a comfortable margin of (600,000 - 540,000) = 60,000 votes.  

    Do you now understand the POWER of a bloc vote?  A small minority, with a 10% vote share, wins the gubernatorial race!

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S. B. Woo

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