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If there were an Electoral College to choose the NBA’s GOAT, the incumbent might be in trouble

If you think you’ve seen or heard every aspect of the GOAT debate between incumbent Michael Jordan and challenger LeBron James, hold on, we might have an element to top it all.

In this contentious election year, we bring you: the GOAT Electoral College.

No, we are not making this up.

OK, we kind of are, but the information we are using to conjure this fantasy is legitimate. The folks at BetOnline.ag compiled the data by examining geotagged Twitter data in the week since James earned his fourth NBA championship ring when the Lakers won the 2020 NBA Finals over the Heat.

MORE: LeBron vs. Jordan: Key stats to know

Video: LeBron vs. Jordan: Does the debate sway after another title for James? (SMG)

LeBron vs. Jordan: Does the debate sway after another title for James?

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They looked at tweets favoring James or Jordan throughout

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Election 2016: The Real Reason the Electoral College Exists

As Americans await the quadrennial running of the presidential obstacle course now known as the Electoral College, it’s worth remembering why we have this odd political contraption in the first place. After all, state governors in all 50 states are elected by popular vote; why not do the same for the governor of all states, a.k.a. the president? The quirks of the Electoral College system were exposed this week when Donald Trump secured the presidency with an Electoral College majority, even as Hillary Clinton took a narrow lead in the popular vote.

Some claim that the founding fathers chose the Electoral College over direct election in order to balance the interests of high-population and low-population states. But the deepest political divisions in America have always run not between big and small states, but between the north and the south, and between the coasts and the interior.

One Founding-era argument

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