President Trump’s re-election bid rapidly ran out of runway Wednesday afternoon as the key swing states of Wisconsin and Michigan were called for Democratic challenger Joe Biden, leaving the incumbent in need of a lot more than just undecided Pennsylvania.
With the two Midwest flips in the bucket for Biden, the Democrat had amassed 264 electoral votes compared to Trump’s 214, as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
A total of 270 votes is needed to win the presidency.
A half-dozen states remain in play: Alaska (three electoral votes), Nevada (six), Georgia (16), Pennsylvania (20) and North Carolina (15).
Of those, Alaska is the state closest to a sure thing for Trump, while he leads in the latter three.
A Biden win in Pennsylvania — on which both candidates have been bullish — would give him the win outright, making the state a true make-or-break for Trump.
But where Pennsylvania is a necessity for Trump, it’s a mere luxury for Scranton-born Biden, who all but declared victory Wednesday afternoon.
Should Biden drop his home state, he would win the White House with victories in any two of North Carolina, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona, which was called for him by Fox and AP Tuesday night but remains a very close race.
Of those, North Carolina is the most likely to break for Trump.
Georgia too is tilting Trump, but it remains very much in play, with many of the Peach State’s un-tallied votes concentrated in counties that skew blue.
Arizona and Nevada are, while technically undecided, on track to break for Biden.
Assuming Alaska is a guarantee for Trump, he would need to take four of the five other states — including Pennsylvania — to win four more years.
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