However past the massive prizes lie the smallest prizes within the aggressive races: Maine’s 2nd Congressional District (one electoral vote), Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District (one electoral vote), Nevada (six electoral votes) and New Hampshire (4 electoral votes). Mixed they solely include 12 electoral votes, however they may find yourself enjoying an outsized position within the final final result between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.All of those races look to be ones the place there’s a sensible probability for the end result to flip from 2016, and the polling suggests likewise. One or each candidates are promoting in all of them. Current polls from The New York Occasions and Siena Faculty have Nevada and New Hampshire throughout the margin of error, after Hillary Clinton gained them 4 years in the past by lower than 2.5 factors. The little polling we’ve got from Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District additionally point out the potential for these votes to flip from Trump to Biden. Bear in mind Maine and Nebraska are the one states the place the winner of every congressional district is awarded an electoral vote. For those who do not suppose considered one of these contests could make the distinction, simply keep in mind that New Hampshire was the one state in addition to Florida in 2000 that George W. Bush gained and his margin was lower than the vote share Ralph Nader obtained. Had Al Gore gained New Hampshire, he would have gained the election. An examination of the polling averages reveals how that would occur once more. For those who have been so as to add up the states Biden is forward in proper now, beginning with the state he has the biggest benefit in, the state at which he reaches 270 electoral votes might be Arizona. That is solely, nevertheless, if he wins both in Maine or Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. If Biden misplaced within the second congressional district in each states, we would have a 269 to 269 tie. One other solution to get on the significance of those small contests is to have a look at forecasting models from websites like FiveThirtyEight or Jack Kersting. You may discover that mixed Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, Nevada and New Hampshire have someplace round a 7% or 8% probability of being the competition that ideas the stability of the Electoral Faculty and subsequently the election. That 7% to eight% of being decisive is just barely much less of an opportunity than Wisconsin, roughly the identical as Michigan and really barely greater than Arizona, Minnesota and North Carolina individually. The one states which have a considerably higher probability than one of many small core 4 we have been talking about at being the competition that ideas the scales of the election are Florida and Pennsylvania. Certainly, it is pretty straightforward to attract maps the place considered one of these contests makes the distinction. There’s the aforementioned map the place we simply take a look at the polling averages in every state and congressional district. In that map the place the one contests that flip from 2016 are Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska’s 2nd district and Wisconsin, Biden wins by an electoral vote. One other method Biden might win beneath an analogous map can be to flip Maine’s 2nd district, Michigan, Nebraska’s 2nd district and Pennsylvania. Bear in mind Michigan and Pennsylvania have been determined by lower than some extent in 2016, so it would not appear loopy in any respect that these contests would go for Biden. This is the factor, although: these are razor skinny margins. You might flip each of those maps again it doesn’t matter what occurs in Maine and Nebraska. Simply give New Hampshire to Trump, which he misplaced by lower than some extent in 2016. Likewise, you are able to do the identical by giving Trump Nevada. The purpose right here is not to say it’s best to present all of your consideration to those contests with minimal electoral prizes. Quite, it is that mixed the states and congressional districts containing only some electoral votes can pack a punch. That is why you have to be maintaining a tally of them.