We knew this because of these states' past election results, demographic trends, and polling data.
What this means is that 38 states and Washington, D.
A full list of these candidates and their parties and filing dates can be found here.
In order to get on the ballot, a candidate for president of the United States must meet a variety of complex, state-specific filing requirements and deadlines.
They were (1) nominated by their party for the presidency and (2) featured in at least three major national polls.
For a full list of candidates by state, please see Candidates by state primary ballot.
For more information, see Ballot access for presidential candidates.
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C.—a total of 379 electoral votes—were not competitive in 2016.
But the battleground states were, and there were more than enough electoral votes between them to get either candidate to the White House.