Winner Take All States

Although the constitution outlines the electoral college procedure, the purpose of the college is to appoint the President and Vice President every four years. States however are free to determine how their state of electors are determined. While the number of electors is equal to the number of representatives a state has in both chambers of Congress, there are two methods through which states decide which state  electors are sent to the electoral college: 1) winner-take-all and 2) by congressional district.

Some have argued that the electoral college is less democratic than a direct popular vote and that the college itself violates the democratic principle of “one person, one vote”. Largely due to 10% of the Presidential elections under this system producing winners who have not secured a nationwide popular vote.

In a winner-take-all system, a general election is held on Election Day in November and each registered voter votes for one of the candidates for president. The presidential candidate who receives the most votes in a given state gets all the electoral votes from that state. States may however require that the winning candidate receive more than 50% of the total vote.

Learn for yourself about winner-take-all states by looking at the data in the charts.

Winner-take-all policy by State

Alabama

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9

#22 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

7

#23 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

102

#22 in the US

Alaska

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Yes

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3

#44 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

1

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NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

15

#50 in the US

Arizona

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

11

#14 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

9

#14 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

124

#17 in the US

Arkansas

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ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

6

#30 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

4

#30 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

71

#31 in the US

California

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ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

55

#1 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

52

#1 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

587

#1 in the US

Colorado

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

9

#23 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

8

#18 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

104

#21 in the US

Connecticut

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ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

7

#27 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

5

#28 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

88

#27 in the US

Delaware

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

3

#45 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

1

#46 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

37

#47 in the US

Florida

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

29

#3 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

28

#3 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

341

#3 in the US

Georgia

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ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

16

#8 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

14

#8 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

181

#9 in the US

Hawaii

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

4

#39 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

2

#38 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

24

#49 in the US

Idaho

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

4

#40 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

2

#39 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

52

#38 in the US

Illinois

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

20

#5 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

17

#5 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

222

#6 in the US

Indiana

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

11

#15 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

9

#15 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

140

#12 in the US

Iowa

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

6

#31 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

4

#31 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

81

#28 in the US

Kansas

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

6

#32 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

4

#32 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

51

#39 in the US

Kentucky

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

8

#25 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

6

#25 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

100

#23 in the US

Louisiana

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

8

#26 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

6

#26 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

100

#24 in the US

Maine

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No

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

4

#41 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

2

#40 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

46

#40 in the US

Maryland

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

10

#18 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

8

#19 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

134

#14 in the US

Massachusetts

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

11

#16 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

9

#16 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

132

#15 in the US

Michigan

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

16

#9 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

13

#10 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

198

#8 in the US

Minnesota

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

10

#19 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

8

#20 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

114

#20 in the US

Mississippi

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

6

#33 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

4

#33 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

76

#30 in the US

Missouri

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

10

#20 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

8

#21 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

122

#18 in the US

Montana

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

3

#47 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

2

#41 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

46

#41 in the US

Nebraska

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No

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

5

#36 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

3

#36 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

65

#33 in the US

Nevada

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

6

#34 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

4

#34 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

61

#35 in the US

New Hampshire

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

4

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US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

2

#42 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

46

#42 in the US

New Jersey

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ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

14

#11 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

12

#11 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

175

#11 in the US

New Mexico

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ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

5

#37 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

3

#37 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

56

#36 in the US

New York

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

29

#4 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

26

#4 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

274

#4 in the US

North Carolina

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

15

#10 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

14

#9 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

181

#10 in the US

North Dakota

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

3

#48 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

1

#47 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

43

#45 in the US

Ohio

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18

#7 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

15

#7 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

218

#7 in the US

Oklahoma

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

7

#28 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

5

#29 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

80

#29 in the US

Oregon

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

7

#29 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

6

#27 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

89

#26 in the US

Pennsylvania

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

20

#6 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

17

#6 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

274

#5 in the US

Rhode Island

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ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

4

#43 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

2

#43 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

45

#43 in the US

South Carolina

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

9

#24 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

7

#24 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

54

#37 in the US

South Dakota

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

3

#49 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

1

#48 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

45

#44 in the US

Tennessee

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

11

#17 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

9

#17 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

122

#19 in the US

Texas

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

38

#2 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

38

#2 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

383

#2 in the US

Utah

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ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

6

#35 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

4

#35 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

69

#32 in the US

Vermont

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

3

#50 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

1

#49 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

33

#48 in the US

Virginia

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

13

#12 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

11

#12 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

99

#25 in the US

Washington

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

12

#13 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

10

#13 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

132

#16 in the US

West Virginia

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

5

#38 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

2

#44 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

63

#34 in the US

Wisconsin

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

10

#21 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

8

#22 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

136

#13 in the US

Wyoming

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Yes

ELECTORAL VOTEShelp

3

#51 in the US

US REPRESENTATIVEShelp

1

#50 in the US

NUMBER OF DELEGATEShelp

43

#46 in the US

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