The 2016 election is showing an incredible turnout and the battleground states have never been more important. From the moment the polls closed, the eyes of the country have turned to the cluster of purple states including Florida, North Carolina, Virginia Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.
Earlier this evening, Hillary Clinton had a narrow lead over trump with a weighted polling average across the 11 battlegrounds with 45.5% compared to Trump’s 43.3% according to Politico.com. Only Iowa and Ohio showed a strong lead in Trump’s favor. Clinton suffered a devastating blow as Trump took Ohio and North Carolina earlier tonight.
Florida was a massive battleground that shifted back and forth between the candidates in the first hours after the polls closed. With a narrow margin, Trump took the lead.
The Wall Street Journal writes, “[Trump’s] wins in Ohio, Florida and, increasingly likely, North Carolina, have put a tremendous amount of pressure on Mrs. Clinton to hold traditionally blue states, and her grip on states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin is shaky. Mr. Trump only needs to win one of those states to have Mrs. Clinton on the electoral ropes.”
As the votes were tallied, Hillary supporters were crushed as Florida was taken by Trump . At the time of this post the election is still far from certain, but this shifting tide is definitely bad news for the Clinton campaign as Trump takes another 29 electoral votes.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the key battleground states and their available electoral votes:
- Colorado – 9 votes
- Florida – 29 votes
- Iowa – 6 votes
- Michigan – 16 votes
- Nevada – 6 votes
- New Hampshire – 4 votes
- North Carolina – 15 votes
- Ohio – 18 votes
- Pennsylvania – 20 votes
- Virginia – 13 votes
- Wisconsin – 10 votes