Charting a road to 270, Clinton sets out most efficient path

  • In this Aug. 3, 2016, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at a rally at Adams City High School in Commerce City, Colo. Clinton doesn’t appear all that interested in making any scenic stops on her state-to-state quest to become president. The Democratic nominee is instead programming her GPS to take her on the quickest route to collect the 270 Electoral College votes she needs to win the White House. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

  • In this July 29, 2016, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., look to the audience as they finish speaking during a rally at McGonigle Hall at Temple University in Philadelphia. Clinton doesn’t appear all that interested in making any scenic stops on her state-to-state quest to become president. The Democratic nominee is instead programming her GPS to take her on the quickest route to collect the 270 Electoral College votes she needs to win the White House. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

Associated Press
Published: 8/6/2016 9:42:50 PM

Hillary Clinton doesn’t appear all that interested in making scenic stops on her state-to-state quest to become president. The Democratic nominee is instead programming her GPS to take her on the quickest route to collect the 270 Electoral College votes she needs to win the White House.

With three months until Election Day, Clinton’s campaign is focused on capturing the battleground states that have decided the most recent presidential elections, not so much on expanding the map.

Clinton’s team doesn’t rule out an effort in Arizona, a state with a booming population of Latino voters that polls find are loathe to support Trump. And Georgia, a bastion of the Deep South, echoes recent population trends in other Southeastern states where Clinton is competing aggressively.

But neither is among the 11 battleground states that Clinton’s television advertising plans and her travel schedule point to as her focus. Those states are the perennial top-tier targets Florida and Ohio, plus Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. President Obama carried them all in 2008, and missed out on only North Carolina during his 2012 re-election campaign.

“The last two elections have given Democrats an electoral path for victory,” said Clinton campaign adviser John Anzelone. “And our strategy is to efficiently use our resources to lock down the support we need to reach 270 electoral votes.”

After a bump in support for Clinton in national polls that followed the Democratic convention and tracked Trump’s recent gaffes, the number of states where Clinton will invest her time and money may get smaller than 11.

When the Clinton campaign booked more than $23 million in new television ad time late this past week to start on Monday, it spent most of the money in just three states: Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Feeling good about Colorado and Virginia, the campaign passed on giving those states a fresh injection of ad dollars, though they remain heavily staffed with organizers. Likewise, officials with the pro-Clinton group Priorities USA say they have put its advertising plans there on hold.

Meanwhile, Trump’s travel following the Republican convention suggests he’s given up on plans to force Clinton to defend traditional Democratic bastions California and New York. Beyond that, it’s not clear how he plans to chart his course to 270.

“I have states that no other Republican would do well in that I think I’m going to win,” Trump told the Washington Post this past week. “But I don’t want to name those states.”

Trump’s campaign has yet to run a single television ad and has made curious decisions about where to send its candidate.

There have been no such distractions for Clinton since the end of her convention, aside from a quick stop in Nebraska, a visit that was probably as much about spending time on stage with billionaire investor Warren Buffett than picking up the one electoral vote in the Omaha area.

This coming week, Clinton will be in Florida. So will Trump. That’s no surprise, as a win there plus victories in every state (and the District of Columbia) that have voted Democratic since 1992 would give Clinton a winning total of 271 electoral votes. Florida Republican consultant Brett Doster said simply of his state: “If we don’t win here, I just don’t see how we win.”




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