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grip |ɡrip| verb (grips, gripping, gripped) [ with obj. ] (of a feeling or emotion) deeply affect (someone): he was gripped by a feeling of excitement.
senator |ˈsenədər| noun-a member of a senate.
unequivocal |ˌənəˈkwivək(ə)l|adjective-leaving no doubt; unambiguous: an unequivocal answer | he was unequivocal in condemning the violence.
democracy |dəˈmäkrəsē| noun (pl. democracies) a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives: capitalism and democracy are ascendant in the third world.
defeated |dəˈfēdəd| adjective-having been beaten in a battle or other contest: the defeated army.
concession |kənˈseSHən| noun-the action of conceding, granting, or yielding something.
critical |ˈkridək(ə)l| adjective-expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments: he was critical of many U.S. programs.
reform |rəˈfôrm| verb [ with obj. ] make changes in (something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to improve it: an opportunity to reform and restructure an antiquated schooling model.
imbalance |imˈbaləns| noun-lack of proportion or relation between corresponding things: tension is generated by the imbalance of power |
intolerable |ˌinˈtäl(ə)rəb(ə)l| adjective- unable to be endured: the intolerable pressures of his work.
In November 2000, as the Florida recount gripped the nation, a newly elected Democratic senator from New York took a break from an upstate victory tour to address the possibility that Al Gore could wind up winning the popular vote but losing the presidential election.
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Sixteen years later, the Electoral College is still standing.
The EC will forever tip the balance to rural voters.
It would require a constitutional amendment to change.