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originally posted by: enlightenedservant
I thought a a simple majority was more like "the majority of votes cast", while a clear majority was more like "the majority of a specific requirement". Most US elections only need a simple majority, so it won't matter how many votes are cast in order to win them.
But the Presidency and some votes in different legislatures require a specific minimum number of votes, which is usually a majority of a set number of available votes.