How many electoral votes does each state get? 1 for every House of Representative member 1 for each Senator OH - 16 Reps + 2 Senators = 18 Electoral Votes 538 Total Votes Need 270 to win the Presidency
The Democratic and Republican parties elect “electors” for district in the state These electors actually cast the electoral voters for the state When you vote, you are really voting a party’s elector
How does one win the Presidency? The party that wins the most popular votes in a state wins all of the electoral votes for that state
H Examples of candidates winning by 1 vote in the House of Representatives 1829 Kentucky Nicholas Coleman def Adam Beatty 2,520 to 2,519 1847 Indiana George Dunn def David Dobson 7,455 to 7,454
1847 Virginia Thomas Flournoy won 650 to 649 1854 James Allen def William Archer 8,452 to 8,451 1882 Virginia Robert Mayo def George Garrison 10,505 to 10,504
Harry Truman defeated Thomas Dewey OH – 9,247 voting precincts Truman won by 7, 107 votes If 1 voter changes vote in each district Dewey wins CA – 16,802 voting precincts Truman won by 18,625 votes If 1 voter changes in each district Dewey wins
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