Here's Why Trump Needs to Win in Florida

Polling site's model shows candidate only has a 5% chance of winning without carrying the Sunshine State
By Daniel Kay,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2016 1:57 PM CDT
Florida Shaping Up to Be Key Battleground
Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in West Palm Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Another year, another election, and Florida still continues to be one of the most influential states in the Electoral College. Political pundits have paid special attention to this swing state after its unique role in determining the winner of the 2000 election, and the story isn't any different this cycle. Polling and statistics site FiveThirtyEight—which correctly predicted the entire Electoral College map in 2012—estimates Florida is the most likely "tipping point" state for the 2016 election. Currently, Hillary Clinton holds a 1-point lead in Florida.

Florida's large allotment of 29 electoral votes means Clinton could afford to lose several other states if she was able to hold on to Florida. Trump, data shows, does not have that luxury. The businessman needs Florida to put together any sort of plausible electoral win—at least according to current polls. Trump has made no secret that he doesn't trust the polls, and according to the AP, neither do his supporters. So at least in Trump-land, there may be more paths to victory that don't include Florida. But for now, experts say Trump and his campaign should be spending a lot of time down South in the sun. Read FiveThirtyEight's full post here. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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