even in the face of overwhelming talent, a candidate fails to earn enough votes because of sympathetic votes cast for an underdog. voters likely thinking "Pia's gonna win anyway" thereby resulting in a shocking outcome when the obvious front-runner is eliminated.
How many sympathy votes can Stefano and Casey get? Must be the Pia Effect

Gee I wish Bush had won in 1992. Obviously a victim of the Pia effect with people sympathy-voting for Perot. Clinton ran away with it.
by Pikup Andropov April 11, 2011

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