troubleshooting Question

JS: HTML Select "SELECTED" parameter

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When i displayPHP-generated SELECT dropdown lists, it's easy to insert SELECTED in the appropriate <option> that matches the current value in PHP.

I have now the situation of a static html <SELECT> list  of  States and Provinces.
I would like to have SELECTED programatically applied thru JS according to a PHP-generated variable.
Thus I need a JS function or statement  that somehow does the SELECT even tho the STATES dropdown list is static in html.

What code can i use for this?
In the following excerpt example, say that i can insert   <?=$SelectedStateAbbreviation?>  wherever it's needed in the JS.

<SELECT name=State >
<option value='CA'>California </option>
<option value='GA'>Georgia</option>
<option value='MA'>Massachusetts</option>

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