Clinton or Trump: who gets the big job?

Trump and Hillary Clinton made last ditch efforts yesterday to win
votes ahead of today’s United States Presidential election.
Americans go to the polls to elect the President. No fewer than 43
million people have

already cast their ballot in the early voting.

Yesterday, Trump, the Republican nominee, began his day in the
Southeast, stopping in Florida and North Carolina, then heading north to
Pennsylvania and joining his running mate, Mike Pence, for two events
in New Hampshire and Michigan.
By the end of the day, Trump had held five events in five states in 12 hours.
Democratic candidate Clinton started her trip in Pittsburgh, then
stopped in Michigan before returning to Pennsylvania. The Democratic
nominee brought out the big guns by having President Barack  Obama
campaigning for her in Philadelphia.
Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi performed at Clinton’s event,
described as “closing argument.” She ended her night with a rally in
Raleigh, North Carolina.
The former secretary of state is seeking to capitalise on Sunday’s
news that the FBI’s latest review of Clinton-related emails did not
result in evidence that would change its recommendation that no charges
be filed against her.
Besides the event with Clinton in Philadelphia, Obama was in Michigan and New Hampshire..
Trump’s path to victory isn’t clear and isn’t set, but the Republican
presidential nominee and his team had been working to ensure he had
multiple pathways to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
One route he has been working toward includes states such as
Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Of the three, Michigan was the most
recent to vote Republican, but that was back in 1988.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on winning one of those
states would be a tipping point for Trump to achieve victory.
“It would be one of those upper Midwest states -like a Michigan or
Wisconsin, Minnesota — and/or one of those Rocky Mountain states. So
we’ve had our eye for awhile on bringing back these states that have
voted Republican in the nonpresidential years and where the poll numbers
have been tightening and where we’ve at least been able to be
semi-competitive on the air and on the ground with the Clinton
campaign,” she said.
Two key states not mentioned by Conway -Florida and Pennsylvania – are going to be factors as well.
The Sunshine State is something of a golden ticket for each of the
presidential candidates in that winning Florida’s 29 Electoral College
votes makes the other’s path to victory more difficult.
In Trump’s case, if Clinton wins Florida, he could still get to 270
electoral votes by winning in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. But
if he were to lose both Florida and Pennsylvania, he would have to win
Nevada, Iowa and Colorado to make up for it. That all has to happen with
Trump holding on to North Carolina and Georgia – which GOP nominee Mitt
Romney won in 2012 – while also taking Ohio.
But a lot of variables are at play in these possible routes: Nevada
is expected to go blue, as is Colorado, and close races are expected in
New Hampshire, North Carolina, and the perpetual swing state of Ohio.
On Tuesday, millions of women will vote for the first woman to run as the nominee of a major political party.
The race has tightened over the last 10-14 days. That tightening is reflected in new CNN “Road to 270” map.
The latest snapshot of the Electoral College map heading into the
final days is a little more favourable to Trump, but Clinton still holds
a clear advantage.
This is not a prediction of where the map will end up on Tuesday
night when the votes are counted, it is simply a snapshot heading into
the homestretch.
Solid Republican:
Alabama (9), Alaska (3), Arkansas (6), Idaho (4), Indiana (11),
Kansas (6), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (8), Mississippi (6), Missouri (10),
Montana (3), Nebraska (4), North Dakota (3), Oklahoma (7), South
Carolina (9), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (11), Texas (38), West
Virginia (5), Wyoming (3) (157 total)
Leans Republican:
Georgia (16), Iowa (6), Maine 2nd Congressional District (1), Ohio (18), Utah (6) (47 total)
Battleground states:
Arizona (11), Florida (29), Nevada (6), Nebraska 2nd Congressional
District (1), New Hampshire (4), North Carolina (15), (66 total)
Leans Democratic:
Colorado (9), Michigan (16), Pennsylvania (20), Virginia (13), Wisconsin (10), (68 total)
Solid Democratic:
California (55), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), DC (3), Hawaii (4),
Illinois (20), Maine (3), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (11), New Jersey
(14), New York (29), Oregon (7), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3),
Washington (12), Minnesota (10), New Mexico (5) (200 total
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