I don't know what was up with everyone's math there.

In a pure three way election you wouldn't need over 50% of the vote, but 34% wouldn't mean an automatic victory.

Of course, needing 80% of the vote doesn't make much sense either.

Imagine you had Candidate A, Candidate B and Candidate C running for office somewhere.

Candidate A runs a solid campaign and ends up with 34% of the vote.

Candidate B makes about twenty-five different gaffes the weekend before the election and drives away much of his potential constituancy, ending up with about 17% of the vote.

Candidate C turns out to be charming, quick, politically wise and the day of the election reveals she has in fact been Lily Tomlin the whole time. The move goes over well. She ends up winning the election with 49% of the vote.

Electorally probable? No.

Mathematically possible? Yes.

YAY MATH!