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RCP's Bevan: Trump, Clinton Race Pits 'Machine Versus Momentum'

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Nov 2016 09:51 AM

The presidential race has come down to a battle of "machine versus momentum" as the nation's polls tighten for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Real Clear Politics editor Tom Bevan said Wednesday.

"Trump has momentum," Bevan said during a panel discussion on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" about the upcoming election.

"Polls are tightening nationally in a lot of swing states, and Clinton is trying to activate that machine and get as many votes in the bank as she can, and keep those firewalls in some of those battleground states."

Bevan said that according to his website's "No Toss-Up" map, Clinton is at 279 electoral votes, while Trump is at 259.

New data is also showing that early and absentee voting is higher now than in 2012. The number of early voters has nearly doubled from 13.5 million in 2012 to 26.2 million in 2016, according to Target Smart.

Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor Mark Halperin said he is not surprised by the RCP map, as there has already been discussion about Trump reaching 265 electoral votes.

"We said for Trump to have a chance a couple weeks ago when things were going so badly for him, he needed to win some news cycles and he needed some luck and needed to be more disciplined," said Halperin. "He needed Hillary Clinton to have problems with certain constituencies that voted overwhelmingly for President [Barack] Obama. All of those things have come true in the last 10 days. That gives him a chance. It still leaves her the heavy favorite and still leaves him trying to figure out is it possible to get from 259 to 265 to 270."

Political strategy adviser Rick Tyler, now a contributor for MSNBC, said he still thinks Clinton is the favorite "structurally," but there is still another week to go, a "lifetime in politics."

In addition, he noted, FBI Director James Comey's letter to Congress about potential further evidence in the Clinton email server case brought the former Secretary of State's email issues back to the forefront.

"It reminded everybody what they don't like about the Clintons," said Tyler, noting that the ongoing WikiLeaks document drops are also reminding voters that Clinton has trouble with many close staff aides, including Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson. In addition, Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin, was implicated in Comey's announcement.

"Someone has to ask them, are you going to make a clean break from these people?" said Tyler. "These people gave her bad advice over and over again. Ultimately it's her fault ... and if corruption is her biggest weakness, how is she going to convey to the American people that she will not continue with a corrupt administration? It seems these people from emails we're reading in WikiLeaks, these people seem to be the problem."


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The presidential race has come down to a battle of "machine versus momentum" as the nation's polls tighten for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Real Clear Politics editor Tom Bevan said Wednesday. "Trump has momentum," Bevan said...
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