The problem in all of this is that Democrats have a structural advantage in the Electoral College. On top of that, Clinton has not conceded any ground anywhere, except maybe West Virginia. Clinton has so many paths to victory that, as it stands, even if Trump wins Ohio, Florida, Nevada and Iowa, Clinton still will be the next president.

As we head into the final campaign stretch, not all hope is lost for Trump. But to be clear, we are talking about hope, not reality.

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