Absolute majority

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An absolute majority refers to a share of something that is greater than all the other shares put together (i.e., greater than half of the total).

In the context of an election, a candidate who receives more than half the potential votes (including those who do note vote) is said to have won an absolute majority. Absolute majorities are unusual in systems where voting is optional because often only about 50% or fewer of voters eligible to vote actually do vote in an election.

President George W. Bush came closer to achieving an absolute majority in 2004 than any presidential candidate in over a decade.