The break down of the college is:
- 3 - Alaska, Delaware, District of Columbia*, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming
- 4 - Hawaii, Idaho, Maine**, New Hampshire, Rhode Island
- 5 - Nebraska**, New Mexico, West Virginia
- 6 - Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah
- 7 - Connecticut, Oklahoma, Oregon
- 8 - Kentucky, Louisiana
- 9 - Alabama, Colorado, South Carolina
- 10 - Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin
- 11 - Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts, Tennessee
- 12 - Washington
- 13 - Virginia
- 14 - New Jersey
- 15 - North Carolina
- 16 - Georgia, Michigan
- 18 - Ohio
- 20 - Illinois,Pennsylvania
- 29 - Florida, New York
- 38 - Texas
- 55 - California
(*) DC is not a state, but it's treated as one for the purpose of the presidential election (23rd Amendment to the US Constitution).
(**) All but 2 states are winner take all. 2 states (Nebraska and Maine) award the winner of each congressional district 1 vote (Nebraska 3 and Maine 2) and the over all winner for the state 2 votes. So potentially 4 winners could come out of Nebraska and 3 out of Maine assuming the winner of the over all vote in the state did not win any districts, or some combination of those.
Based on this what is the most candidates that could tie for 1st place and how would that work?
Assume that all electors are faithful and vote for the candidate that they are pledged.