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split the vote

Definition of split the vote in English:

(Of a candidate or minority party) attract votes from another candidate or party with the result that both are defeated by a third.
Example sentences
  • Progressives across the country were presented with an old problem - vote for a less-than-perfect Democrat, or support a noble but doomed protest candidate and risk splitting the vote.
  • The major problem the Democrats had is that no less than three Democrats ran for the office, splitting the vote and media attention between them.
  • She stood as an Independent instead, splitting the vote.
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