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Sabato Predicts Clinton Will Take 293 Electoral Votes

According to Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia, Hillary Clinton will win the election, receiving 293 votes from the Electoral College.

The Hill reports:

The University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato is now predicting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will win the White House with 293 electoral votes.

That number includes 272 ” ‘hard’ Safe or Likely” electoral votes and 21 additional electoral votes that are leaning toward the Democratic nominee in Nevada and North Carolina, according to Sabato’s Crystal Ball.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is predicted to now have 214 electoral voters and is not seen as having a “clear path” to getting the remaining 56 electoral votes that would be necessary to clinch the presidency.

In an analysis, Sabato’s team wrote that Clinton picked an “awful time to hit one of the rough patches that has plagued her throughout the campaign.”

“Now with just days to go until Election Day, there’s added uncertainty about the outcome,” the analysis said.

“But while she may not be on the brink of an Electoral College win the size of Barack Obama’s in 2008 or even 2012, her position as the clear frontrunner in this race endures.”

Last month, Sabato stunned a CNN anchor when he predicted Clinton could win more than 350 electoral votes. During an appearance on CNN, the regarded political analyst said it was “very unlikely” that Trump would win the presidential contest.

His comments came at a time when Clinton was leading in polls both nationally and in many battleground states.

But many recent polls have shown the race tightening with just days to go before Election Day.

Last week, FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to lawmakers telling them the bureau would be reviewing newly discovered emails “pertinent” to its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of State.
Democrats and Clinton aides have been pushing the FBI to release more details about the new email review as the election nears.

The Democratic nominee is still favored to win the election, according to FiveThirtyEight’s polls-plus forecast, with 291.9 electoral votes.

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