Politics

BATTLEGROUND

2020

A deeper dive on some of the states up for grabs in this presidential election & why they matter.

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THE BASICS

  • The Electoral College has 538 electors. It takes 270 to win the presidency.
  • Each state receives the # of electors equal to its # of senators (two) & representatives (based on population).
  • 48 states & DC allocate electoral votes in an all or nothing manner based on the state’s popular vote winner.
  • Pres. Trump won the Electoral College votes (304 v. 227); Hillary Clinton won the popular vote (48% v. 46%).
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ARIZONA

The Grand Canyon State

  • Electoral College Votes: 11
  • 2016 Popular Vote: Pres. Trump won by less than 92K votes
  • FYI: No Democrat pres. candidate has won AZ since 1996 (Bill Clinton), but there was a notable purple wave during the 2018 midterm elections.
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FLORIDA

The Sunshine State

  • Electoral College Votes: 29
  • 2016 Popular Vote: Pres. Trump won by over 112K votes
  • FYI: The last Republican pres. candidate to win without FL was Calvin Coolidge (1924). Only two Democrat candidates have ever made it to the White House without FL – John Kennedy (1960) and Bill Clinton (1992).
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GEORGIA

The Peach State

  • Electoral College Votes: 16
  • 2016 Popular Vote: Pres. Trump won by more than 210,000 votes.
  • FYI: No Democrat pres. candidate has won GA since 1992 (Bill Clinton), but Democrats made significant inroads during the 2018 midterm elections.
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IOWA

The Hawkeye State

  • Electoral College Votes: 6
  • 2016 Popular Vote: Pres. Trump won by over 145K votes.
  • FYI: In the last 12 presidential elections, IA voted for Republicans six times and for Democrats six times.
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MICHIGAN

The Great Lakes State

  • Electoral College Votes: 16
  • 2016 Popular Vote: Pres. Trump won by less than 11K votes.
  • FYI: 2016 was the first time MI voted Republican during a presidential election since 1988 (George H. W. Bush).
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OHIO

The Buckeye State

  • Electoral College Votes: 18
  • 2016 Popular Vote: Pres. Trump won by less than 450K votes.
  • FYI: No Republican candidate has made it to the White House without winning OH dating all the way back to 1860 (Abraham Lincoln). No candidate has won the presidency without winning OH since 1960.
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PENNSYLVANIA

The Keystone State

  • Electoral College Votes: 20
  • 2016 Popular Vote: Pres. Trump won by less than 45K votes.
  • FYI: 2016 was the first time PA voted Republican during a pres. election since 1988 (George H. W. Bush).
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WISCONSIN

The Badger State

  • Electoral College Votes: 10
  • 2016 Popular Vote: Pres. Trump won by less than 23K votes.
  • FYI: 2016 was the first time WI voted Republican during a presidential election since 1984 (Ronald Reagan).
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These aren't the only states to watch this year. Expect to hear a lot about others that have voted consistently for one party but where margins have tightened in recent years - like Minnesota, which has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1972. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the state, but by less than 45,000 votes.

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2016 results & EC

Information on the Electoral College

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Iowa

Michigan

Minnesota

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Wisconsin