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Blotto Politics

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Washburn, A. R.
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Blotto
presidential
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2013
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2013
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This paper considers abstract election games by the United State Electoral College (USEC). There are two political parties, and the electoral votes in each state go to the party that spends the most money there, with an adjustment for a "head start" that one party or the other may have in that state. The states have unequal numbers of electoral votes, and elections are decided by majority rules. Each party has a known budget, and much depends on the information that informs how that budget is spent. Three situations are considered: (1) one party's spending plan is known to the other, (2) spending is gradually revealed as the parties spend continuously in time, and (3) neither side knows anything about the other's spending. The last situation resembles a Blotto game, hence the title.
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Operations Research 61(3), 2013, pp. 532-543.
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Washburn, A. R. "Blotto Politics", Operations Research 61(3), 2013, pp. 532-543.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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