Last-minute dash in US elections
November 7th, 2016 at 10:26 pm
Last-minute dash in US elections

International desk – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been trying for the last-minute dash across swing states as the US presidential race entered the final hours.

The contestants have concentrated in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Michigan and New Hampshire, according to Western media.

CNN reports that Donald Trump was attempting to crack Hillary Clinton’s blue wall, and Clinton was hoping for a surge in Latino turnout fueled by opposition to Trump.

BBC reported that Donald Trump’s campaign team has sought to allay negative views expressed overseas towards their candidate, a day before the US goes to the polls.

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said such antipathy “doesn’t reflect why Donald Trump is running and who he would be on the global stage”.

She also attacked Hillary Clinton’s “unremarkable to chequered” record as secretary of state.

Both candidates are undertaking a blitz of campaigning in key states on Monday.

The latest opinion poll, on Fox News on Monday, gave Clinton a four-point lead, double that of Friday.

CCN puts Trump’s must-wins; Most plausible paths to victory for Trump start with holding onto two battlegrounds that Mitt Romney won four years ago — North Carolina and Arizona — and flipping three states President Barack Obama carried: Florida, Ohio and Iowa.

A loss in any of the states would severely complicate Trump’s already precarious path to 270 electoral votes. Though if Trump clawed back Pennsylvania or Michigan from the Democrats, who have won both electoral-rich states six times in a row, North Carolina would be more expendable. A win in a state like Pennsylvania or Michigan would allow Trump to offset a loss in North Carolina and still have a shot at reaching 270.

If that doesn’t happen, holding North Carolina and Arizona, while reclaiming Florida, Ohio and Iowa from the Democrats — plus Maine’s 2nd District — would only get him to 260.

Trump would need to tack on 10 more electoral votes somehow. New Hampshire’s four and Nevada’s six would get him there. Colorado, with nine electoral votes, Michigan with 15 and Pennsylvania with 20 are also possibilities.

In his last 48 hours before Election Day, Trump has been pretty much everywhere, including Colorado, Michigan — even Minnesota — searching for the extra votes he needs.

Clinton’s must-wins: The key question for Clinton is whether her “blue wall” of Democratic-leaning states on the Great Lakes — Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — will hold.

Trump has targeted all three, but Clinton has consistently led polls in all three states. However, most voters in Michigan and Pennsylvania cast their ballots on Election Day — which means her campaign hasn’t built the early voting advantage already in place elsewhere.

If Clinton can do that and pick up just one of North Carolina, Florida or Ohio, she’s all but guaranteed to win.

If she can’t win one of those three states, she’ll need to hold Virginia, vote-by-mail Colorado, New Hampshire and Nevada — where Democrats have already built a hefty early voting edge, according to CNN.