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2010 Census Reapportionment: Illinois lost one electoral vote, giving it 20 through the 2020 presidential election. This is the 4th consecutive Census where Illinois has lost at least one electoral vote.
Illinois became a state in December 1818. Largely Republican from the Civil War through the 1920s, the state voted Democratic throughout the Great Depression and World War II, then returned to the Republicans for eight out of 10 elections from 1952 through 1988. Illinois has voted Democratic in the last six elections. In 2012, Barack Obama easily beat Mitt Romney 58% to 41%. With 20 electoral votes, the state is the largest electoral prize in the Midwest, although nearby Ohio, with 18, gets much more visibility in the general election thanks to the fact that it is much more of a battleground state. Like many other northern industrial states, Illinois has lost electoral influence as its population has not grown with the rest of the country. The state has lost more than 25% of its electoral votes since peaking at 29 during the 1930s.