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Letters: Which votes matter?

Re “An election numbers game,” Opinion, Aug. 24

Ronald Brownstein examines the candidates’ support among various demographic groups to draw conclusions about who might be our next president. His analysis might be compelling if there actually were a nationwide election in November.

In reality, there are 56 separate elections (Maine and Nebraska allocate electoral votes partially by congressional district), and of those, only about eight are toss-ups. How does Brownstein’s methodology square with the question at hand, which is what’s going to happen in those toss-up states?

Jonathan Handel

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Los Angeles

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