If you wonder why the candidates seem to be visiting the state of Florida often as the election nears, it is not because they want to get in a little sun before taking office. The state of Florida has 29 electoral votes, and with over 10% of the total votes needed to win, it is no wonder the candidates visit Florida early and often. This state has always been a toss-up, and in 2016 it looks to be another close call. The last election was a close call for President Obama, but nothing like the infamous hanging chad incident of 2000. The candidates will be trying hard to convince Floridians to vote their way to push that huge portion of electoral votes to their party.
5. North Carolina
The state of North Carolina is leaning towards the GOP this year, but looking back over the last three elections reveals how unpredictable this state can be. With fifteen electoral votes to give, the last three elections have seen this state bounce from Democrat to Republican to Democrat. The last election saw President Obama win by the tiniest of margins, 50.4% to 48.4%. The voters in the state already have Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the forefront. If history is any indication, the voters in this state will make the candidates sweat it out to the last second.
Regardless who pulls ahead for the Republican party, they will have a very difficult time in winning the twenty electoral votes the state of Pennsylvania has to give. The last three presidential elections have all gone the way of the Democratic party, and the 2016 election is poised to do the same. To win here, something earth-shattering is going to need to take place during the 2016 for the Republicans.
The first big prize in the 2016 election is winning the state of Iowa. Although early indications point towards another Democratic win in Iowa, those six electoral votes are not out of reach for the Republicans. Bush took the votes back in 2004 when he began to pull away from Kerry, and this first primary can have a huge impact in the way the country votes. The Iowa caucus is the deciding factor in who the Democrats and Republicans elect as their candidate. Hillary Clinton is a favorite for the Democrats, while Senator Ted Cruz holds a slight lead for the Republicans.