AP Explains: In 50-state race, not all states are equal

In the photo taken March 15, 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally in West Palm Beach, Fla. The likely Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton race won’t be a contest over who can win the most votes nationwide. U.S. presidential contests are essentially simultaneous, winner-take-all state elections to choose electors. Whoever wins a majority of electoral votes, that’s 270 votes, wins the presidency. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)WASHINGTON (AP) — The likely Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton race won’t be a contest over who can win the most votes nationwide. U.S. presidential contests are essentially simultaneous, winner-take-all state elections to choose electors. Whoever wins a majority of electoral votes — that’s 270 votes — wins the presidency.

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