That’s how many electoral votes President Barack Obama would have won in the 2008 election if it were re-run using revised Electoral College vote allocations that will be in effect for the November election.
That’s a decrease of six from the 365 electoral votes that Obama actually won four years ago.
Obama’s revised vote total shrinks because Republican-leaning states generally gained House seats at the expense of Democratic-leaning states in a reapportionment following the 2010 Census. A state’s Electoral College vote is the sum of its House seats and its two Senate seats.
To reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, Republican challenger Mitt Romney would need a net gain of 91 electoral votes above the revised 2008 Republican total of 179. He’s trying to do this in part by attacking a national health-care overhaul that Obama signed into law in 2010. The Supreme Court will issue a decision June 28 on the president’s signature domestic policy achievement.
SUPREME DECISION: While there was no ruling from the Supreme Court today on the health-care law, it did strike down part of an Arizona law that targets illegal immigration and also invalidated Montana’s ban on corporate campaign spending. Greg Stohr has more on the court’s immigration decision. He and Julie Bykowicz have a story about the Montana decision.
MARRIED MOMS: Obama and Romney are targeting the votes of married mothers, a bloc that votes less Democratic than the broader female voting population, Esme E. Deprez writes.
MITT MONEY: Lisa Lerer has the details of a retreat Romney hosted for top campaign fundraisers in Park City, Utah, over the weekend.