Bloomberg by the Numbers: 246

That’s the number of electoral votes in the District of Columbia and 19 states that voted Democratic in each of the past three presidential elections.

The total is 24 electoral votes below the majority of 270 needed to win the White House.

These states include California, with the most electoral votes, 55, and New York, with 29 electoral votes. Both states backed President Barack Obama by more than 20 percentage points in the past two elections.

The list also includes New Hampshire (four electoral votes) and Wisconsin (10), which were two of the nine so-called swing states where Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spent most of their time and money. Republicans also made a late stab at Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, though that state also voted Democratic on Nov. 6, the sixth straight election in which it has done so.

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