The path to the White House has favored Hillary Clinton for much of the 2016 presidential campaign. Now, a senior advisor to Republican nominee Donald Trump is admitting that the odds are stacked against him.
“[I]t will take a miracle for us to win," the unnamed Trump advisor told CNN’s Jim Acosta, according to his Twitter page.
Trump’s path to an electoral college victory hinges on both Florida and Ohio, according to the Washington Post. Both states, not each individually, are “must-wins” for the GOP candidate, however, Florida is leaning toward Clinton.
According to FiveThirtyEight, as of Nov. 8, Clinton was tracking 55.1 percent support in Florida. In Ohio, however, Trump was leading Clinton with 64.6 percent support.
With 46 percent of Florida’s ballots counted at 7:35 p.m. EST, Trump was leading Clinton with 49.3 percent of the vote to 47.8 percent. Trump held 2,113,976 to Clinton’s 2,045,912.
“I’m looking at returns from two major counties in Florida: Duval and Palm Beach,” Harry Enten wrote for FiveThirtyEight. “In the early vote, Clinton is doing better than the amount that Obama won by overall in those counties in 2012. In Palm Beach, she’s running 7 percentage points ahead. If that holds, it’s going to be a very long night for Trump.”
In Ohio, at 7:44 p.m. EST, just minutes after the polls closed, Trump was leading 51.2 percent to Clinton’s 45.3 percent.
“We’re seeing some huge gender splits in the exit polls,” Nate Silver wrote for FiveThirtyEight. “In Ohio, for example, Trump leads by 15 points among men but is losing by 14 points among women. That 29-point spread is much bigger than the 18-point gender gap in Ohio in 2012.”
But as election results trickle in throughout the night, Trump still hopes to clinch the presidency.
"You have one magnificent chance to beat the corrupt system and deliver justice," Trump said at a Michigan rally on Nov. 7, notes The Independent. "Do not let this opportunity slip away."