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How many electoral votes does a candidate need to win?

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Question: How many electoral votes does a candidate need to win?
It is not enough to get a plurality or majority of votes to become president. A majority of electoral votes are required. There are 538 possible electoral votes.
Answer:

270 electoral votes are required.

Learn more about the electoral college.

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