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Snapshots: Trump needs last-stretch surge to triumph

Even as some national preference polls tighten, and voters wrestle with news the FBI has found new emails that may — or may not — be related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server as secretary of state, Donald Trump needs a dramatic final-stretch rebound in states where the Democratic nominee appears to have the upper hand.

The latest Associated Press analysis of the Electoral College map rates states worth 278 electoral votes as safely Democratic or leaning Clinton’s way. That analysis is based on preference polling, recent electoral history, demographic trends and campaign priorities such as advertising, travel and on-the-ground staff.

In short, that means Clinton doesn’t need to win a state now rated as a toss-up to win the White House.

Trump needs to win them all — and then go on to pick off some states that are now in Clinton’s column.

Independent McMullin cites national security expertise

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin casts himself as the only ‘true conservative’ in the race and an alternative for voters wary of Republican Donald Trump.

The political newcomer has no chance at the presidency because he’s not on enough ballots. But he could become a spoiler in Utah and establish himself as a political presence in parts of the West.

McMullin cites his national security experience and an understanding of military needs from his 11 years in the CIA doing mostly undercover counterterrorism work in war zones after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He also served as a national security adviser for the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.

He says the U.S. needs to rebuild the military by spending more to train and outfit soldiers and add troops. He also says the Pentagon needs to be more accountable for taxpayer money.

From Detroit News wire services