by Michael Snyder
The Economic Collapse Blog
Did you know that the Republican candidate for president has lost the popular vote every single time since 1988 with just one exception? That exception was in 2004 when George W. Bush beat John Kerry. Other than that one time, Democrats have been winning the popular vote in election after election. In 2016, Hillary Clinton received nearly 3 million more votes than Donald Trump, and yet Trump won the election because of how the Electoral College works. So as we analyze this election, focusing on national polling numbers is not necessarily going to tell us who is going to win. Instead, we need to focus on the swing states, because getting to 270 electoral votes is how you win a presidential election.
In the end, pretty much everyone agrees that the outcome of this race is going to be decided by three states in the north (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan) and three states in the south (Florida, North Carolina and Arizona).