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When referring to the Electoral College and Presidential elections, a candidate can win by taking:

California (55 electoral votes)

Texas (28 electoral votes)

Florida (29 electoral votes)

New York (29 electoral votes)

Illinois (20 electoral votes)

Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes)

Ohio (18 electoral votes)

Georgia (16 electoral votes)

Michigan (16 electoral votes)

New Jersey (15 electoral votes)

Virginia (14 electoral votes)

- a total of 11 states for 270 electoral votes

which means a candidate can lose the other 39 states and District of Columbia and still win the election.

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