Austrian Far-Right Candidate Norbert Hofer Narrowly Loses Presidential Vote

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How is it with a minuscule distance between total votes for political opponents, as often a plurality as a majority, the media make such a fuss about who won or lost—when the story continues to be about the divide that must be joined and reconciled? How is it Donald Trump, with a total of barely 12 million votes in all the states he’s run as a candidate, he can presume to declare a “mandate?”