Two things that may seem contradictory at first are true of this election in its final days:
1. Donald Trump is making up ground on Hillary Clinton.
2. Hillary Clinton still has a solid hold on the 270 electoral votes she needs to be elected president in six days’ time.
But, how solid is the Democratic nominee’s grip on that 270? I thought it would be worth fiddling around with our terrific electoral map tool to see how many realistic paths Trump has to 270 electoral votes as a way of answering that question. (By realistic, I mean could actually happen. So, no, Trump winning California is not an option I explored.)
1. Trump 272, Clinton 266
This map gives the Republican nominee all of the states Mitt Romney won in 2012, as well as Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio and New Hampshire. Of that group, Iowa and Ohio look like the easiest lifts for Trump, while Colorado and New Hampshire look the toughest.
2. Trump 273, Clinton 265