This Is What European Politics Would Look Like If We Had The US Voting System

The 'Electoral College' would have a big impact

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Did you know that Hillary Clinton received more votes in the US election than Donald Trump? Over the past couple of weeks it has been revealed that the Democrat's lead amongst the American population surpassed two million votes.

Not that it matters. In America, the incumbent President is selected through the controversial 'Electoral College' mechanism.

It's a winner takes all system, where the candidate who earns the most votes within a state will win it as a whole – but the Electoral College dictates that certain states have far more influence over the fate of the election than others. Whoever wins Texas, for example, will earn 38 electoral votes, whereas Minnesota can only contribute 10. Whoever accumulates a majority of 270 votes wins the presidential race.

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This is how Donald Trump won, despite earning less votes than his rival.

Which presents the question: what would happen if world politics was decided on a similar basis?

Stat-crunching politics guy Arnold Platon decided to find out what Europe would look like if it voted in a Electoral College-esque system for a single party to oversee the continent.

Before he could work out the result, he had to find a way of attirbuting the number of electors each country should receive. Ultimately, he worked it out by counting the number of MEPs representing their country in the European Parliament.

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The results? The majority of Europe would vote for a center-right, pro-EU party- and while this calculation is clearly flawed, it's still an interesting insight. Take a look below: