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Electoral College votes explained

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Donald Trump came out on top with 279 Electoral College votes, but Hillary Clinton is expected to win the popular vote. Many have asked how did Trump still come out on top. KWWL Political Analyst Dr. Chris Larimer explains using candy. 

Breaking it down as simply as possibly, Dr. Larimer uses one Reese's Piece to represent one Electoral College vote and one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup to represent half a million voters. Dr. Larimer explains: 

What we've done here is we've taken two states, New York and Florida and we've given them Reese's pieces based on the number of Electoral College votes that they have. 

Both have 29 so they both have 29 pieces. And what we're using are the Reese's peanut butter cups to represent popular votes. And each Reese's peanut butter cup represents about half a million popular votes.

Last night in Florida, Clinton and Trump received approximately four and a half million votes so they each get 9 peanut butter cups. We know that Donald Trump had the slight edge in Florida, so he did win all the Electoral College votes. Trump got all 29 Reese's pieces but they both ended up with the same number of Reese's peanut butter cups, and that they both have four and a half million votes. 

Now you got up to New York, again another state with 29 Electoral College votes so 29 Reese's pieces in that case. But in New York, Hillary Clinton won the state with about a little over 4 million votes. 

Donald Trump had two and a half million votes so Trump only gets 5 Reese's peanut butter cups. Hillary Clinton gets 8 Reese's peanut butter cups, so at this point they both have the same number of Reese's pieces. 

In terms of Electoral College votes, they both have 29 Reese's pieces. But now you're talking about Hillary Clinton 17 recess peanut butter cups and Donald Trump, with 14 Reese's peanut butter cups. So the electoral college vote is tied, but Hillary Clinton has obviously received more popular votes at this time. 

And if you move over to North Dakota and South Dakota, two less populated states, Donald Trump won both. He won them by a combined margin of 230,000 votes. So he gets the 6 Electoral College votes from both states, so his Electoral College vote goes up to 35, Hillary Clinton's still at 29. But because she built up such a lead in New York, she still has more popular votes. 

We're only taking half of a Reese's peanut butter cup at this point, as far as cutting into her margin. If that pattern repeats itself across the country, you can have a case where a candidate like Donald Trump, who wins less populated states, most of the less populated states, is going to rack up large margins in the Electoral College. But if Hillary Clinton, his opponent, is winning large states like New York and California by a large margin, she may end up winning the popular vote.

Dr. Larimer says the popular vote does make a difference when it comes to the local elections down the ballot. 

Iowa has 6 Electoral College votes. This number comes from our total number of Congressmen in Washington, 2 senators and 4 representatives.

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