Coordination failure

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Coordination failure occurs in single member district elections when two candidates (Candidate A and Candidate B) occupying the same ideological space divide the available vote in that space and allow a competing candidate (Candidate X) to win office with fewer votes than A and B receive in combination.

Real World Example

Fictional Example

  • In "Setting A President," Episode 37 of Foster's Home for Imagainary Friends, candodates Mr. Herriman and Bloo discover they are locked into a coordination failure against Frankie as president of the House. They attempt to solve the problem by having Bloo become the campaign manager for Mr. Herriman. Episode Index
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