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Trump Wins Huge Prize of Pennsylvania, on Brink of Victory

The Keystone State, and its 20 electoral votes, go to Trump, first GOP nod since 1988

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has won Pennsylvania.

The Associated Press called the race at 1:36 a.m. Wednesday.

The huge win likely puts Trump over the top in the Electoral College.

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Trump won 48.8 percent of the vote, to Clinton’s 47.7 percent.

Ninety-eight percent of precincts have reported. Trump had 2,844,741 votes at that time; Clinton had 2,778,307 votes.

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The huge win likely puts Trump over the top in the Electoral College.

Trump had targeted the state with frequent visits. And the state had appeared to tighten up.

On Tuesday morning, Clinton only had a 1.9 percent lead according to RealClearPolitics’ average of polls. It was a sign Trump had worked his way into the hearts of blue-collar voters and suburban families between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

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But the state is a hard buck for the GOP to catch. It has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988. That has changed.

Trump went to Pennsylvania many times. As did his surrogates.

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On Sept. 13, Trump flew into Aston, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb, flanked by Ivanka Trump, his popular daughter, who told the audience the issue of child care caught her heart. Trump kicked off his attempt to win over suburban women there.

On Thursday, Trump’s wife, Melania, went to Berwyn, a small town south of King of Prussia. She gave a speech outlining her plans as a first lady to fight online bullying and poverty, and to expand prosperity.

But on Monday night, Clinton brought President Obama, Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Bon Jovi to Independence Hall for a rally in Philadelphia, where she hoped to run up huge margins in precincts where some Republicans don’t even live. The city can deliver up to a 400,000-vote margin before the rest of the state’s results are seen.

And it did. But it was not enough.

 

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