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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.

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A simple majority, that is > 50% or 270 electoral votes. If no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives elects the President from the 3 Presidential candidates who received the most electoral votes. Each State delegation has one vote. The Senate would elect the Vice President from the 2 Vice Presidential candidates with the most electoral votes. Each Senator would cast one vote for Vice President. If the House of Representatives fails to elect a President by Inauguration Day, the Vice-President Elect serves as acting President until the deadlock is resolved in the House.

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In order to win the electoral votes of a particular state, or the vote of a particular congressional district in Maine and Nebraska, a candidate needs only a simple majority of popular votes. That can be any percentage as long as it is more than any other candidate.

In order to win a U. S. Presidential Election, a candidate must receive more than 50% of the electoral votes.

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In most of the states, the candidate who wins a simple plurality of the popular vote wins all of that state's electoral votes. What that number is depends on the number of voters in the state and the number of candidates who receive votes. In Maine and Nebraska, the winner in each Congressional district gets one vote. Again the number needed depends on the number of voters.

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50% plus 1

I will have to disagree you must have a certain number over the halfway point.

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Candidates for president don't necessarily need to win a certain percentage of the popular vote. Rather, the "winner" is determined by how many electoral votes they attain.

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none a state cannot win

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