Countdown to Election Day 2016: What you need to know today


Tracking the campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton



With 4 days to go …

A CNN poll is the latest election twist: It changes the status of four states and gives Donald Trump a path to 270. The map still favors Hillary Clinton but CNN’s “Road to 270” map now places New Hampshire as a battleground state, rather than in the Clinton column, and Utah more firmly in Trump’s camp.

The poll, along with others pointing to a tightened race, will up the ante on today’s candidate appearances, including:

  • The Veep candidates Florida visits. Republican running mate Mike Pence will be in Miami. And Democrat Tim Kaine will campaign in Melbourne.
  • Speaking in New Hampshire, Trump sounded key themes: hammering away at the FBI investigation of Clinton, her diplomatic failures and Obamacare “double-digit” rate increases. States in his sights: On Friday, after New Hampshire, Trump will be in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  • Speaking in Pennsylvania, Clinton continued insisting Trump is unfit for the presidency because he lacks the right temperament. She also accused Trump of discriminating against African-Americans and Latinos in his real estate business. After Pennsylvania, she travels to Michigan.

Friday follows a momentous day for both campaigns.


  • Clinton will pay one more visit to Florida on Saturday. No word yet on details about that appearance.
  • On Saturday, Trump will barnstorm through North Carolina, Nevada and Iowa, maintaining a campaign pace and schedule that is significantly more aggressive.
  • President Obama will return to Florida on Sunday. He will speak in Kissimmee. Singer Stevie Wonder will perform at that event.

THE MAP: The red, the purple and the blue

Key battleground states – Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, Arizona, Ohio – are slated to get lots of campaign attention through today. However, Trump and Clinton hope to win states that have been reliably blue or red, respectively. That’s why Clinton is in Michigan today, hoping to keep that state blue, and Trump is back in Pennsylvania, a state he would love to see go red.



  • Speaking of purple states, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll on Thursday found a dead heat between Trump and Clinton in Georgia, a state that has been red pretty much ever since Ronald Reagan beat Jimmy Carter. The poll puts Trump up on Clinton by a single point, 45 percent to 44 percent.
  • The same poll gives Trump a 5-point lead in Arizona, 45 percent to 40 percent, and in Texas by 9 percent, 49 percent to 40 percent. But losing Georgia would make Trump’s path to 270 that much harder.
  • CNN’s Poll of Polls has Clinton with a 4-point edge, 46 percent to 42 percent.


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