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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While the faction remains divided over whether or not to field a presidential candidate and 'split the vote' against Tsai Ing-wen, there appears to be a growing consensus that if they successfully organize any viable campaigns, they should only contest seats in the Legislative Yuan for the 2020 election.
You'll have to tune into find out, but it could be that stars Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh split the vote after being nominated in the same Leading Actress category.
You'll have to tune in to find out, but it could be that stars Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh split the vote after being nominated in the same Leading Actress category.
But the intervention of the SNP candidate, MrThomas Black, a local school teacher, split the vote wide open on a reduced poll.
"Im confident that this will not split the vote. The reality is that Kelly has a lot of momentum in the race."
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.
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.
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. Woodrow Wilson was elected president, beating the incumbent Taft, and is remembered now for his part in forming the League of Nations in 1919.
"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.