Let’s take a break from the presidential campaign to consider a recreational math question posed by New York Times correspondent Binyamin Appelbaum. On Twitter, he wondered:
Is there any number of electoral votes between 0 and 538 that is impossible to amass, assuming electors are faithful?
Put another way, could a presidential candidate win any number of electoral votes from 0 to 538?
The answer is intuitive if you know a key piece of electoral college trivia. But there’s still a fun question of how best to actually prove that intuition.
My best attempt below. Stop reading now if you want to figure it on your own.