Western Journalism is predicting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will win Florida’s presidential race.
With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting results as of around 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Trump maintained a slim 49-48 lead over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Throughout the general election, no discussion of the states Trump needs to win in order to secure a path to 270 electoral votes was complete without mentioning the Sunshine State.
Florida — along with its 29 crucial electoral votes — have also consistently been among the closest swing-state races.
In a recent Politico polling average chart, a mere 0.4 percentage points separated Trump and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
Though the average gave Trump the slim advantage among polls conducted during October, the lead shifted back and forth as both campaigns saw setbacks related to several bombshell revelations throughout the month.
No candidate’s lead grew larger than four points among the polls included in the Politico average, however, and both campaigns went into November with a clear focus on winning the state.
In addition to funding campaign ads in the state, both candidates made multiple get-out-the-vote appearances in Florida last week.
“We’ve got to turn out the vote,” Clinton told attendees at a Fort Lauderdale rally. “And what that means is that every one of you who can should vote early.”
Trump predicted a win for his campaign during an Orlando rally last week, but urged supporters not to take their participation in the election lightly.
“We don’t want to blow it,” he said.
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