DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – More than a year of campaigning ends Tuesday, when the American voter gets the final say.
The presidential nominees have been hitting crucial battleground states hard: Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Florida. However, on the eve of Election Day, no visits from the nominees themselves in the Buckeye State.
“I think the Clinton campaign has pulled the plug on Ohio,” said Dr. Mark Caleb Smith, director of the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville University. “They won’t say that publicly, but they probably think they’re going to lose this state, and will instead focus on Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina because those are probably a little bit closer.”
He also talked about the final push, and which states he believes each candidate needs to win to get to the magical number of 270 electoral votes to win the White House.
“If tomorrow we see Donald Trump has lost Florida or Ohio, I think we can pretty much assume at that point he will not be president of the United States,” speculated Smith. “However, if Mrs. Clinton loses Michigan or Pennsylvania, Donald Trump has a really good chance to win. So, he needs to flip Pennsylvania, Michigan, maybe Virginia. One of those states needs to go into his column. If he can’t do it, then I don’t think he’ll win.”