|PENNSYLVANIA||21 Electoral Votes|
|Pennsylvania went from 23 electoral votes to 21 as a result of the 2000 Census|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Pennsylvania Department of State)
Pennsylvania has: 67 counties.
Largest counties: Philadelphia, Allegheny, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware.
Largest cities: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, Allentown.
Department of State
The Keystone State
854,451 more votes were cast in the presidential race in 2004 compared to 2000. The Kerry-Edwards ticket carried the state, but Bush trimmed the Democratic plurality to 144,248 votes (2.50 percentage points) and the Republican ticket also carried five more counties than it had in 2000, or 54 counties to 13 for Kerry.
General Election Details | Photos
Kerry/Allies | Bush/Cheney '04
Pennsylvania, with 23 electoral votes, was a battleground state from beginning to end, drawing much attention and resources from both campaigns. Before the race even got underway, both parties considered holding their nominating conventions in Philadelphia. On Election Night itself, when networks prematurely called Florida for Bush, Pennsylvania was for a time seen as a must-win for Bush. As it was, Gore-Lieberman carried the state with a plurality of 204,840 votes (4.17 percentage points). Bush carried 49 counties to 18 for Gore, but Gore won in the five most populous counties, including a plurality of 348,223 votes in Philadelphia County.
General Election Activity
|Notes: In Pennsylvania
the Republicans and Democrats are major parties, while the Constitution
Party and the Libertarian Party qualify as minor parties. Others
are referred to as "political bodies." Minor party and other presidential
candidates wishing to appear on the ballot in the general election needed
to obtain signatures from 21,739 registered electors (2% of the highest
showing by a candidate in the last statewide election) in the period from
Jan. 26-Aug. 1, 2000.
Last day to register before the November election: Oct. 10, 2000.
178 Delegates (Pledged 151, Unpledged 27)
and 28 Alternates.
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2004, 2005 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.