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A State's electoral votes are equal to its combined number of Senators and Representatives. Since every State has two Senators and at least one Representative, this number can never be less than three. The District of Columbia is entitled (23rd Amdt) to "The number of electors which it would have if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State", ie three.

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What percentage of votes must a candidate have to win all the electoral votes of a state?

How a state allocates its electoral votes is up to that state. Most states allocate all electoral votes to the candidate with more votes than any other candidate in that state; this is called a plurality. Note, however, that some states require the electors to cast their ballots in the Electoral College for the winner of the popular vote, but others have no such requirement.


What is the smallest number of electoral votes a state can have?

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. Since every state has two senators and at least one representative to the House, every state has at least 3 electoral votes.


What is the least number of electoral votes a state can have?

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. Since every state has two senators and at least one representative to the House, every state has at least 3 electoral votes.


Can electoral college members from the same state divide their votes between candidates and if so how are individual votes determined?

Yes, but only in Nebraska and Maine, where in sted of a winner take all in the state, it is winner takes on congressional districs


How does the number of electoral votes of a state affect Presidential campaining?

The candidate who wins the greatest number of popular votes in any state usually receives all of that state's electoral votes. To win the presidency, a candidate must pay special attention to those states with large populations. The larger the state's population, the more electoral votes it has.

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After an elector is selected by the votes of the people the elector.?

usually votes for the candidates who favored by the voter of the state


How many electoral votes does a candidates need to have a state has?

270


How George W. Bush became president?

Other running candidates actually received more votes than Bush but its based on the amounts of votes from each state instead of the overall number.


What happens if two candidates get the same amount of votes?

The House of Representatives votes for the President from among the top three electoral candidates, with each state delegation casting one vote.


What is a tossup state in an election?

A tossup state is one that is very close in it's votes for both candidates.


How is it determined how many votes a State gets?

The number of votes that a state has in the electoral college is determined by the state's population. The higher the population, the higher the number of votes.


Does Brazil's electoral system have a threshold?

No, Brazil's electoral system does not have a threshold. Candidates are elected based on the number of votes they receive. The number of seats they are allocated is proportional to the number of votes their party or coalition receives.


Why do they select candidates from states that have a lot of electoral votes?

It is often assumed that candidates from states that have a lot of electoral votes will be well-known and, ideally, well-liked in the state they come from. (Often they have held a statewide office.) Therefore, in a presidential election, it is hoped that the candidate will have an advantage in their home state and will win its electoral votes.


What state is Democrat?

One that typically votes for candidates that belong to the Democrat party, instead of the Republican party.


Who do candidates try to win votes from at the national convention?

candidates try to win votes from the voters at the national convection.


What are People vote for individual candidates.?

Anyone who votes for candidates.


What happened in 1800's if no person attained the required number of electoral votes?

In 1800, much as today, if no one received a majority of the electoral votes. the House would elect a president from among the top five (now three) candidates with each state getting one vote. The person remaining with the most electoral votes would be vice-president unless two or more had the same number of votes. In this case, the Senate would choose the vice-president from among these top candidates.