Mutual majority criterion
The mutual majority criterion is a criterion used to compare voting systems. It is also known as the majority criterion for solid coalitions and the generalized majority criterion. The criterion states that if there is a subset S of the candidates, such that more than half of the voters strictly prefer every member of S to every candidate outside of S, this majority voting sincerely, the winner must come from S. This is similar to but stricter than the majority criterion, where the requirement applies only to the case that S contains a single candidate.
The Schulze method, ranked pairs, instantrunoff voting, Nanson's method, and Bucklin voting pass this criterion.
The plurality vote, approval voting, range voting, the Borda count, and minimax fail this criterion.
Methods which pass mutual majority but fail the condorcet criterion can nullify the voting power of voters outside the mutual majority. Instant runoff voting is notable for excluding up to half of voters by this combination.
Examples
Borda count
The mutual majority criterion implies the majority criterion so the Borda count's failure of the latter is also a failure of the mutual majority criterion. The set solely containing candidate A is a set S as described in the definition.
Minimax
Assume four candidates A, B, C, and D with 100 voters and the following preferences:
19 voters  17 voters  17 voters  16 voters  16 voters  15 voters 

1. C  1. D  1. B  1. D  1. A  1. D 
2. A  2. C  2. C  2. B  2. B  2. A 
3. B  3. A  3. A  3. C  3. C  3. B 
4. D  4. B  4. D  4. A  4. D  4. C 
The results would be tabulated as follows:
X  
A  B  C  D  
Y  A  [X] 33 [Y] 67 
[X] 69 [Y] 31 
[X] 48 [Y] 52  
B  [X] 67 [Y] 33 
[X] 36 [Y] 64 
[X] 48 [Y] 52  
C  [X] 31 [Y] 69 
[X] 64 [Y] 36 
[X] 48 [Y] 52  
D  [X] 52 [Y] 48 
[X] 52 [Y] 48 
[X] 52 [Y] 48 

Pairwise election results (wontiedlost):  201  201  201  003  
worst pairwise defeat (winning votes):  69  67  64  52  
worst pairwise defeat (margins):  38  34  28  4  
worst pairwise opposition:  69  67  64  52 
 [X] indicates voters who preferred the candidate listed in the column caption to the candidate listed in the row caption
 [Y] indicates voters who preferred the candidate listed in the row caption to the candidate listed in the column caption
Result: Candidates A, B and C each are strictly preferred by more than the half of the voters (52%) over D, so {A, B, C} is a set S as described in the definition and D is a Condorcet loser. Nevertheless, Minimax declares D the winner because its biggest defeat is significantly the smallest compared to the defeats A, B and C caused each other.
Plurality
Assume the Tennessee capital election example.
42% of voters (close to Memphis) 
26% of voters (close to Nashville) 
15% of voters (close to Chattanooga) 
17% of voters (close to Knoxville) 





There are 58% of the voters who prefer Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville over Memphis, so the three cities build a set S as described in the definition. But since the supporters of the three cities split their votes, Memphis wins under Plurality.
Range voting
Range voting does not satisfy the Majority criterion. The set solely containing candidate A is a set S as described in the definition, but B is the winner. Thus, range voting does not satisfy the mutual majority criterion.