split the vote

split the vote

To divide the majority of votes between two contestants or candidates, allowing a third to achieve an unlikely or unexpected victory. In an incredible upset victory, an independent candidate outside of the two major political parties has won the presidency of the United States. Many are speculating that her unlike victory came as the two leading candidates' respective scandals ended up splitting the vote. Because the two films so clearly deserve to be named Best Picture, some are worried that they may split the vote, allowing one of the other less-deserving films win the award.
See also: split, vote

split the vote

(of a candidate or minority party) attract votes from another candidate or party with the result that both are defeated by a third. British
See also: split, vote
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It has the advantage for the major parties that if, in spite of this liberation of voters, the minor party still fails to win then it will not in the process of trying split the vote of the major party.
He is hoping that the FN will split the vote on the Right.
United had so many great contenders - Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes and David Beckham to name but five - that it split the vote.
All I hope is the two don't split the vote, as there will be some votes Blatter can 100% rely on.
The voting system is complex and while Blatter will undoubtedly have a bank of supporters who will support him, I just hope the other challengers do split the vote.
Demi Singer, the daughter of coach Tony, took a split points decision over Hartlepool's Coran Grayson on her debut while Alex Brown likewise split the vote in beating Megan Bainbridge of Brandon to make it two victories from two bouts.
The Tories will be very worried that Ukip could split the vote in marginal seats at the general election.
The Parkhead outfit had half a dozen stars who split the vote and Staggies keeper Fraser reckons his side suffered the same problem.
A key group of judges, for instance, has said it will refuse to oversee the referendum, forcing authorities to split the vote over the two days to ensure supervision meets legal requirements.
There was no return to the White House for Teddy a century ago although he split the vote.
That's why people like me have been asked to stand, not because we have any hope of winning but to split the vote and reduce the chance of the SNP getting in.
Will the Lib Dems split the vote and hand it to Labour?
The move could split the vote with people who previously opted for Coun Gazey choosing whether to stay loyal to him - or the Conservatives.
Summary: March 14 and March 8 candidates split the vote in a Sunday election for two new members of Tripoli's Bar Association.
One independent candidate on each ballot paper, for both national and local elections, would be the ideal so as not to split the vote.