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U.S. Electoral Colleges
These are the results of the 3 most recent US elections.



                  Candidates             Popular Vote   As %     E.C.*   As %
          2004    George W. Bush (R)     61 934 053     50.75%   286     53.16%
                  John Kerry (D)         58 901 260     48.27%   252     46.84%




                  Candidates             Popular Vote   As %     E.C.*   As %
                  George W. Bush (R)     50,460,110     47.87%   271     50.37%
                  Al Gore (D)            51,003,926     48.38%   266     49.44%
          2000



                  Candidates             Popular Vote   As %     E.C.*   As %
                  Bill Clinton (D)       47,400,125     49.23%   379     70.45%
                  Robert Dole (R)        39,198,755     40.72%   159     29.55%
          1996

                   *E.C. = Electoral College
                               Electoral Colleges
Electoral colleges are group of electors who are empowered to elect someone
directly to office. So even though the electorate vote for who they would like to
see as President, it is actually the colleges who directly vote for the President.




In the United States, if a Presidential candidate wins the most votes in an individual
state, he/she is said to have “won the state”, and all of the electoral colleges have to
vote for the President who won the state. (Two states, Maine and Nebraska can
split their colleges but generally do not exercise this option).




Electoral colleges are distributed based on population; thus the states with higher
populations receive more colleges. This ‘all or nothing’ type of voting creates some
interesting results. For example, in the 2000 election Al Gore won the popular vote
by more than 500,000 votes but lost the election!
     How Many Electoral Votes are there and Which States Get Them?
There are a total of 538 Electoral Votes. This number is arrived at by adding the number of Senate
(100) and House of Representative (435) seats, plus an additional 3 for Washington DC. The College
distribution is listed below. Notice that the states with large populations have many college votes.
The Presidential Candidate who earns at least 270 College votes wins the election.


                              U.S. Electoral College 2004 - List Of States And Votes
                                    Total: 538; Majority Needed to Elect: 270


                                ALABAMA - 9                                 MONTANA - 3
                                  ALASKA - 3                               NEBRASKA - 5
                                ARIZONA - 10                                 NEVADA - 5
                                ARKANSAS - 6                            NEW HAMPSHIRE - 4
                               CALIFORNIA - 55                            NEW JERSEY - 15
                                COLORADO - 9                              NEW MEXICO - 5
                              CONNECTICUT - 7                             NEW YORK - 31
                                DELAWARE - 3                           NORTH CAROLINA - 15
                          DISTRICT OF COLU MBIA - 3                     NORTH DAKOTA - 3
                                 FLORIDA - 27                                 OHIO - 20
                                GEORGIA - 15                               OKLAHOMA - 7
                                  HAWAII - 4                                 OREGON - 7
                                   IDAHO - 4                            PENNSYLVANIA - 21
                                 ILLINOIS - 21                           RHODE ISLAND - 4
                                 INDIANA - 11                          SOUTH CAROLINA - 8
                                    IOWA - 7                            SOUTH DAKOTA - 3
                                  KANSAS - 6                              TENNESSEE - 11
                                KENTUCKY - 8                                 TEXAS - 34
                                LOUISIANA - 9                                 UTAH - 5
                                   MAINE - 4                                VERMONT - 3
                               MARYLAND - 10                                VIRGINIA - 13
                             MASSACHUSETTS - 12                          WASHINGTON - 11
                                MICHIGAN - 17                            WEST VIRGINIA - 5
                               MINNESOTA - 10                             WISCONSIN - 10
                                MISSISSIPPI - 6                             WYOMING - 3
                                MISSOURI - 11

				
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