- The Washington Times - Friday, August 19, 2016

CNN on Friday updated their election forecast, moving three states previously classified as toss-ups into the leaning-Democrat column: New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

All three of those states went into Barack Obama’s column in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.

Under the news network’s projections, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton needs only to sweep all the states CNN presently considers leaning or solidly Democratic to win the presidency with 273 electoral votes, three more than the majority of 270.

Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio and North Carolina are the five remaining “battlegrounds,” the first four of which Mr. Obama won in 2012. North Carolina narrowly went for Republican businessman and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 50.6 percent of the vote.

CNN’s projection comes on the heels of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s resignation and one day after the Trump campaign announced its first TV ad buy of the general election, a $4.8 million ad buy for the rest of August targeting Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Mr. Trump’s ad buy focuses on immigration and national security.

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