SID SALTER: Candidates keep eyes on key states

Press coverage of the presidential campaign has focused more than usual on the outrageous rhetoric of the campaign and the social media reaction that rhetoric engenders.

But the electoral college map is where the real focus should be. Presidential politics remain an exercise in electoral math rather than a passion play tied to political correctness or the lack of it.

The latest Real Clear Politics electoral map — with no toss-up states — forecasts an electoral landslide win for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The current projection is 352 votes for Clinton and 176 for GOP opponent Donald Trump.

With toss-ups, the RCP forecast is that Clinton currently has 256 electoral votes to 154 for Trump, leaving Clinton 15 votes shy of the 271 electoral votes needed to claim the White House.

Clarion Ledger
8/17/16