The Trump Election: Electoral College

by William Minter, Editor, AfricaFocus Bulletin

Page text last updated: March 03 2017 (date each entry added to database can be found in database).

Since the week after the election, I have been tracking, and archiving in a simple database, articles, books, and monographs for 21 "intersecting explanations" for the election outcome. As David Leonhardt noted in a New York Times op-ed, "One of the sillier aspects of postelection analysis is the notion that any one factor determined the result." I argue that instead, there are many factors that acted intersectionally to produce the outcome. In analyzing which were more important, how they interacted, and what implications there are for strategy, that complex intersectionality must be taken into account.

For an overview of the database, and links to sources on 21 distinct intersecting explanations, visit

The most obvious and irrefutable explanation for the election outcome is the electoral college, given that Trump's rival Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes. The debate is rather about the rationale and historical basis of the electoral college, and, for those who believe that such an outcome is unjust, whether and how the system can be changed. The sources in the database records below discuss the historical origin of the electoral college, and particularly its ties to the compromise with Southern states, as well as the current issues and proposals to change the system, short of the impractical path of a constitutional amendment.

This debate is closely linked with the issues of white racism and voter suppression.


Books and Working Papers

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