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Essential Politics: What you need to know about the Electoral College map

Essential Politics: What you need to know about the Electoral College map

I’m Christina Bellantoni, and this is Essential Politics kicking off the week.

Six months from today, Americans will have a president-elect.

As Donald Trump shifts to general election mode, the conversation will now focus on maps instead of delegate counts. First, the basics: Democrats start out the fall contest with a considerable advantage on the path to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency.

Raw numbers based on the last six presidential elections find Democrats likely to capture 253 Electoral College votes, and...

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