Trump staring at landslide loss as Hillary surges ahead


17 Aug 2016 | by
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Trump staring at landslide loss as Hillary surges ahead

Some experts have begun predicting that Donald Trump could lose the US presidential election in the first landslide in a generation.

It came as a series of polls showed Hillary Clinton surging in key battleground states.

Her leads included 14 percentage points in Virginia and nine points in Florida.

David B. Cohen, political science professor at the University of Akron, told CNN: "At this point, a landslide is a real possibility.

"The fact that reliably red states like Georgia, Arizona, and Utah are in play point toward a huge potential triumph for Hillary Clinton."

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Landslides have not happened in recent US presidential elections as voters have become more divided, and less likely to switch sides.

Mr Trump is currently six percentage points behind in national polls and appeared to be falling further behind.

The winning candidate needs to get enough states to reach 270 in the Electoral College.

In 2012 Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama by four percentage points, which translated to a 332-206 defeat in the Electoral College.

US Election 2012 Results Map

The last major landslide, when a candidate lost by more than 10 percentage points in the national vote, was in 1984 when Ronald Reagan defeated Walter Mondale. He won 525-13 in the Electoral College.

US Election 2012 Results Map with swing states

Landslides used to be more common. In 1936 President Franklin D. Roosevelt won by 24 percentge points, and 523-8 in the Electoral College over Alf Landon.

US Election 2012 Results Map with margin of victory

In 1964 Lyndon Johnson beat Republican Barry Goldwater 486-52. In 1976 Richard Nixon defeated the Democrat George McGovern, who won only one state, 520-17.

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