New Analysis: Trump Could Sweep Toss Up States And Still Lose The Election

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August 15, 2016 10:22 a.m.

A new electoral map projection by Charlie Cook reveals that Donald Trump is severely behind in the Electoral College and he may not be able to catch up.

“As the race stands today, Trump could sweep the entire Toss Up column
and still come up two electoral votes short of the 270 needed to win,” said the Cook political report.

That means Trump could win Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Maine’s Second Congressional district, and Nebraska’s First Congressional district and still lose.

Cook’s analysis finds that Trump’s original strategy to win the Rust Belt is unraveling as he lags far behind Clinton in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Cook writes that his analysis “generously” kept Georgia and Arizona “lean Republican” even though Trump is only a tiny bit ahead.

“Much of what he has said over the last month has only aggravated what would have already been a very difficult challenge,” Cook wrote.

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