GOP Chairman Reince Priebus spoke to reporters this morning at the Politico Playbook breakfast and suggested that there were 7 states that Mitt Romney lost to President Barack Obama in 2012 that presumptive nominee Donald Trump can put in play this year.
They are Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota:
Transcript of the exchange here:
If Priebus is correct, it’s 315 for Trump and 223 for Clinton leaving all the states that Romney and Obama won in 2012 unchanged: (289-249 without Michigan or Minnesota):
Things aren’t this rosy yet for the GOP, however. As we told you yesterday, the first prediction from Larry Sabato has Trump getting schlonged 347-191, with all 7 of Priebus’ states either “Likely D” or “Leans D” as of now:
Where the Clinton-Trump matchup starts in our Crystal Ball Electoral College ratings pic.twitter.com/IpIryVRJFZ
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) May 4, 2016