Hillary Needs 270 Electoral Votes to Win. Trump Only Needs 269!

hrc-and-trumpTo win the White House, a candidate must win a majority of electoral votes.

The Electoral College, established by the US Constitution, provides that each state has electoral votes equal to its number of Members of Congress and US Senators. By law, even though not a state, the District of Columbia was made part of the electoral system and has three votes.

The total of electoral votes is 435 (representing the number of Members of Congress) plus 100 (representing the number of US Senators) plus 3 for the District of Columbia, equaling 538.

A majority of 538 is 270.

But it is possible that no candidate reaches 270. The two major candidates could split the vote evenly, or a third party candidate could deny either a majority.

This election cycle, it is possible that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could fight to an electoral draw.

Click here to see a possible situation where each candidate captures 269 electoral votes.

While Hillary loses with 269, Trump actually wins with 269.


In such a case, the race is thrown into the House of Representatives. There, each state delegation has one vote. Republican state delegations outnumber Democratic ones.

Advantage: Trump.



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