That’s how many electoral votes are in states that have voted Democratic in each of the past six presidential elections.
The 242 votes — 28 short of a 270-vote majority needed to win the White House — come from the District of Columbia and 18 states led by California (55 electoral votes), New York (29), Illinois (20) and Pennsylvania (20).
The list also includes New Jersey (14 electoral votes), where Republican Gov. Chris Christie is favored to win re-election this November. Christie may run for president in 2016.
During his re-election campaign this year, “we’re going to learn things this year that we’re going to be able to apply to the races we’re going to have in 2014 and beyond,” Christie said in a speech yesterday to the Republican National Committee in Boston, Bloomberg’s John McCormick reported.
“If we don’t win, we don’t govern,” Christie said. “I am going to do anything that I need to do to win.”
The other states that have voted Democratic for president in at least six straight elections are Michigan (16 electoral votes), Washington (12), Massachusetts (11), Maryland (10), Wisconsin (10), Minnesota (10), Connecticut (7), Oregon (7), Hawaii (4), Rhode Island (4), Maine (4), Vermont (3) and Delaware (3).
Here’s a list of the electoral vote allocations for each state.