2012 Presidential Campaign

# How many electoral votes does it take for a candidate to win?

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The candidate must get at least 270 electoral votes in order to win the presidency. In 2012, Barack Obama received 332 electoral votes.

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Florida gives all of its electoral votes to the Presidential candidate that received the most votes. This is a winner-take-all system. A majority of votes is not needed, merely a plurality.

The winner take all system means that all of electoral votes from a state go to the candidate who receives the majority of votes. It also means that electoral votes are not proportionally distributed, meaning that if a candidate gets 51% of citizens votes they receive 100% of the electoral votes.

This can happen because of the winner-take-all allotment of electoral votes. A candidate can win a state by a slim, say one-vote majority and get all of its electoral votes. Meanwhile his opponent might win 100% of the vote in some states and pile up a huge number of popular votes and still not get so many electoral votes ,

It's a "winner-take-all" system, so the margin of victory doesn't matter. The winner receives all of the state's electoral votes.

The person who gets a simple majority of the votes takes all the electoral votes for that state. Electoral votes are not distributed on the basis of what percentage each candidate received. If you receive 50.6 you take them all

Like most states, Illinois is a "winner-take-all" state. Whichever ticket (presidential candidate and his/her running mate) receives a simple majority of the popular votes within the state gets all 20 of Illinois' electoral votes.

270 electoral votes, which constitutes a majority of the 538 electoral votes, are needed to win.

It depends on the state. Most have a winner-take-all approach, where whoever wins gets all the electoral votes. A few states can split their electoral votes, depending on who wins in each district.

If a presidential candidate wins a state by recieving more state votes then he will get all of the electoral votes for that state.

In each state (except Maine and Nebraska), the winner of that state takes all of that state's electoral votes. For example, Ohio has 18 Electoral Votes. If the Republican candidate would win a mere 51% of all the people's votes, then all 18 of the state's electoral votes would be given to the Republican candidate. This can result in a President being elected who did not actually receive as many votes as another candidate. It is theoretically possible for the a candidate to win by just one vote in the 11 largest states and get no votes at all in the other 39 states and DC and still win the election.

The electoral college from each state. Each states gets the same amount of votes as how many representatives they have and senators they have. California, for example, has 53 representatives and so it gets 55 electoral votes with its two senators. the people voting is a winner take-all system. When the people's votes are tallied the state gives all its electoral votes to the candidate the people choose. So if the majority of the people in California vote democrat then the democratic party gets 55 electoral votes. Whichever candidate gets at least one more than half the total electoral votes possible becomes president.

McCain will receive all 34 Electoral College Votes. Texas is a winner take all State.

2/3 of the votes to become the president of votes of the electoral college.

A "winner take all" state is a state in which the candidate with the most votes carries all of the electoral college votes from that state. Most states in the US are "winner take all", including California, Ohio and New York. There are a few states that divide their populations into districts or regions. The candidate with the most votes in each district or region gets the electoral college votes assigned to that district or region. In this model, it is possible for several candidates to each win one or more electoral college votes. Nebraska has this system - there are currently three regions with one electoral college vote each; however, in practice generally all three electoral college votes are won by the same candidate.

Texas has 38 electoral votes based on its population. It is a winner take all state, so the majority wins all of the votes.

Electoral votes are cast by the electors in their respective state's capital.

Mccain had 0 electoral votes in New york, because of the winner take all status of New York's electoral votes, mccain did not get any in New York.

If a state has the winner take all feature that means that whoever wins the state gets all of the state's electoral votes. So a candidate may take a state by only a fraction more than 50% of the vote, but all of the electoral college votes from that state will go to that candidate. This is one factor that allows some candidates to win the presidency even if they lose the national popular vote by a small margin. They have won enough electoral college votes (the ones that count in determining the winner) by a small enough margin that they overtake their opponent who might have won more popular votes from states with fewer electoral votes at stake.

No city in Pennsylvania gets electoral votes. Based on the 2010 Census, Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes. Pennsylvania casts all of its electoral votes in the U.S. Electoral College on a winner-take-all basis. The winner of the popular election in Pennsylvania gets all of Pennsylvania's electoral votes.

Pennsylvania casts its electoral votes in the U.S. Electoral College on a winner-take-all basis. The winner of the popular election in Pennsylvania gets all of Pennsylvania's electoral votes.

Except in Maine and Nebraska, all of the electoral votes for a state go to the candidate who receives the most votes, even if it is only by a tiny margin. This means that Presidential candidates will focus most of their campaigning on states with large populations, and therefore more electoral votes. Winning just 6 or 7 key "swing states" will often be enough to guarantee an electoral victory. In the elections of 1876, 1888, and 2000, the winning candidate did not get a plurality of the popular vote, only a majority of the electoral votes. There have been several proposals advanced for direct election of the President by popular vote.

This phrase means "all or nothing". It refers to the practice of allotting all of a states electoral votes or delegates. in the case of primaries, to the one candidate who receives the most popular vote . All but two US states use this winner take all system in the presidential election.The alternative would be to split the votes proportionally in some way to reflect the popular vote. For example if a state uses winner take all and has 21. electoral votes, a candidate who wins the state by just one vote gets all 20 of the state's electoral votes. If the state did not use winner take all, it might give 11 votes to the winner and 10 votes to the other candidate.

Electoral votes in the Electoral College determine the President of the United States. Every state and DC are awarded a certain number of electoral votes with which to elect the President. Each state has electoral votes equal to the total of the 2 representative the state has in the U.S. Senate plus the number of representative the state has in the House of Representatives. The states choose as many electors as it has electoral votes and these electors elect the president. The electors are elected by popular vote in each state and each candidate for elector swears in advance whom he will vote for. 270 electoral votes in the Electoral College are needed to win the U.S. presidency. Since every state has two senators and at least one representative to the House, every state has at least 3 electoral votes. The District of Columbia gets 3 electoral votes. Therefore, the total number of electoral votes in the Electoral College is 538 - 100 (senators) + 435 (representatives) + 3 (for DC). A majority is 270 - one more than half of the total number of 538.

I will answer this based on my understanding of the question.As is obvious, each party has a candidate standing in the presidential elections. These candidates campaign in every state. The state races use a first past the post voting system which basically means those with the highest votes wins. Each state has a designated number of electoral college votes which the candidate acquires after winning that state. In order to win the state, the candidate needs to gain the majority of the popular vote. Please look below:Electoral college votes are given to states based on their population.California is the most heavily populated state in the US and hence has the highest number of electoral college votes, that number being 55. Alaska on the other hand has 3.So, when a candidate wins a state race, they take all of the electoral college votes for that state. When all of the state races are over, the total electoral college votes for each candidate are added up and the person with the highest number becomes the president.

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