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(of a candidate or minority party) attract votes from another candidate or party with the result that both are defeated by a third.
- ‘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.’
- ‘I was on the verge of winning and he split the vote.’
- ‘The danger is that they may split the vote and drag each other down.’
- ‘His decision to stand as an Independent split the vote, allowing Mr Exley to win the seat with 1,607 votes.’
- ‘It is a crying shame we couldn't all come together to avoid splitting the vote.’
- ‘And instead of two or three parties opposing the ruling party, there were six or seven or eight opposing the ruling party and they split their vote terribly.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If one prefers party A or B, but never C, then under the current system one must choose A or B and split the vote.’
- ‘The very fact that they could succeed in splitting the vote was indicative of a general degeneration and fragmentation of the Left.’
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