In the midst of a number shocking victories made by the Republicans, Donald Trump managed to grab the electoral votes in the three key states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina. All three swing states are the most crucial for this year’s presidential election and it is safe to say that the victories in these three states laid open the doors of the presidential post for Donald Trump.
Carrying 29 and 18 votes respectively, both Florida and Ohio have been considered crucial states for Presidential wins for decades now. If the Republicans win, it will hardly be the first time that Florida would turn out to be a gamechanger in an election. Last time the state proved to be a crucial reason behind a presidential win was in 2000 when George Bush won the state that gave him the lead in the electoral college despite having lost out on popular votes elsewhere. Trump’s victory in Florida came as a huge blow to Democrats, considering that approximately one-fourth of the population in this state is Hispanic and Latinos.
Ohio on the other hand, is another swing state with a large number of electoral votes. Further, owing to the diversity in terms of age, ethnicity and economic background in this key state, it has, for years, had the potential to determine the political mood in the country. It is worth noting that since 1964 Ohio has voted for every president of the country and that no Republican has ever become a president without winning Ohio. Reportedly, the Republican popularity in Ohio is owing to the strong organisation of Republican supporters’ voters base. Trump’s victory in this state gives a very strong lead to the Republicans.
While all the swing states have the potential of altering the course of the elections, the states of Ohio and Florida are also most crucial as they carry two of the largest number of electors, Therefore, a win in these two states clearly makes up for Clinton’s electoral votes from large states like California and New York.
The other crucial swing state that has gone in favour of the Republicans is North Carolina. Carrying 15 electoral votes, this state had swung from Republican to Democrat in 2008 and had swung back to Republicans in 2012. Hillary Clinton spent a lot of effort campaigning in this state. Winning back North Carolina would have given Democrats a very strong lead in the election. However, Trump held on to this state for the Republicans, thereby taking a long stride towards the Presidential post.
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