"Bush partisans would have you believe that his $ 63 million (as of December 20 ) represents nothing so much as a vast out-pouring of public support. ÔThe media's monomania about Bush's fund raising,' wrote George Will in a recent column, Ôreflects an obdurate refusal to recognize that Bush has lots of money because he has lots of supporters, not vice versa.' Will, whose penchant for Republican front-runners is legendary, may want to fire his research assistant: According to the latest Federal Election Commission filings, Bush has managed to raise more than twice as much as AI Gore with about 20,000 fewer donors. And it's no surprise that of Bush's top-10 fundraising zip codes, two are in Greenwich (his pere's home turf), one is on New York's Upper East Side, and eight are in Texas. Like any mainstream Republican, Bush gets most of his money from the usual collection of establishment and business types, with added boosts from Texas oil and gas interests and from his father's old fundraising network." The American Prospect, 1/31/00
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Suffrage; the voice of an individual in making a choice by many. The total number of voices given at an election; as, the presidential vote.
Votes are either given, by ballot or viva voce; they may be delivered personally by the voter himself, or, in some cases, by proxy.
A majority of the votes given carries the question submitted, unless in particular cases when the Constitution or laws require that there shall be a majority of all the voters, or when a greater number than a simple majority is expressly required; as, for example in the case of the Senate in making treaties by the President and Senate, two-thirds of the senators present must concur.
When the votes are equal in number, the proposed measure is lost.