The interactive electoral map above is currently showing the state-by-state results of the 2020 presidential election.
However, the electoral vote tallies are actually based on a new 2024 electoral map using the decennial U.S. Census data.
Make Your Own Electoral Forecast
To create your own forecast for the 2024 election, just click on the states in the map to toggle them between Democrat, Republican and Tossup and watch the electoral map tallies change.
After using our election map maker, you can even download your custom map and share it on social media.
If you prefer, you can start with a blank electoral map.
As the 2024 election gets closer, we’ll update the election map based on the latest polling and electoral forecasts. Check back often or sign up for our email list.
It Takes 270 to Win
The winner of the presidential election must win the majority of the electoral votes — that is at least 270 out of the 538 available.
Because most states allocate their electoral votes on an “winner-take-all” basis — the exceptions being Maine and Nebraska, which split their electoral votes by congressional district — the candidate who wins enough states to reach 270 electoral votes becomes president.
Winning the national popular vote doesn’t matter, as we saw most recently in the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections where the winner of the popular vote actually lost the election. That’s led to many efforts to reform the Electoral College over the years.
However, there is actually one way to win the presidency without getting 270 electoral votes. If the election results in a 269 to 269 electoral vote tie, then the House of Representatives convenes to choose the president with each state delegation getting one vote.
A Changing Electoral Map
In recent elections, there have been a dozen or more truly competitive battlegrounds which could result in many various paths to 270 electoral votes.
That’s changed in recent years as political polarization has increased, resulting in red and blue strongholds with bigger victory margins.
For instance, despite the narrow popular vote margin in 2016 — see the 2016 election map — more than two dozen states were decided by margins of 15 percentage points or more.
In 1988, when the popular vote margin was seven percentage points, there were just 17 states which were won by such big margins.
The map also changes every ten years based on the shifts in population between the states as required by the U.S. Constitution.
The map show above is based on the 2020 U.S. Census data.
2024 Presidential Election News
In addition to tracking the election map, the best way to keep up with the 2024 presidential race is to read Political Wire.
Here are the latest headlines:
- Pressure Grows on Trump to Announce 2024 Bid
- Exchange of the Day
- Biden Plots a 2024 Presidential Run
- Liz Cheney’s Campaign Is Just Beginning
- Trump’s 2024 Primary Support Reaches New Heights
- FBI Has Reestablished Trump as the GOP’s Alpha Dog
- Here’s Liz Cheney’s Concession Speech in Advance
- Trump Team Backs Off Possible Early Announcement
- Banks Says Trump ‘Fired Up’ After FBI Raid
- Trump Allies Want Him to Speed Up 2024 Announcement
- Public Opinion Hasn’t Shifted Since January 6 Hearings
- Trump Releases Campaign-Style Video
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