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The 11 states that will decide who'll win race to White House; TRUMP VS CLINTON: US ELECTION'S KEY BATTLEGROUNDS.

Byline: JASON BEATTIE Head of Politics

HILLARY Clinton looked to have Donald Trump on the ropes before delivering a knockout blow next Tuesday.

But on Friday news that the FBI was reopening its probe into her alleged email mishandling put the tycoon back in the fight with barely a point between them.

Now, 11 battleground states, especially Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, will decide who is president.

The winner needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes available across America's 50 states - and Clinton can count on 242.

Trump needs to hold the 206 won by Mitt Romney in 2012 and find 64. These are the crunch states where they will slug it out

jason.beattie@mirror.co.uk

FLORIDA

THE Sunshine State is the big one. With 29 electoral college votes, it is a must-win for Trump if he has any chance of getting to the White House. For Clinton, a win in Florida, even if she loses Ohio and Pennsylvania, will secure victory.

In the 10 polls of the state carried out since October 18, Clinton has led in nine - with just one putting Trump ahead by 1%. But others have detected a late shift to the Republican and the result is now said to be a toss-up.

Odds from FIVETHIRTYEIGHT: CLINTON 59.4% TRUMP 40.6%

OHIO

SINCE the Second World War, only once has Ohio failed to back the winning presidential candidate. That was in 1960, when it went for Richard Nixon over John F Kennedy.

But Trump's anti-globalisation message has struck a chord with the blue-collar workers in the state. The last five polls have put him narrowly ahead.

With 18 electoral college votes, he must bank the Buckeye State to have any chance.

LATEST ODDS: CLINTON 46.3% TRUMP 53.7%

PENNSYLVANIA

THIS former industrial heartland should be natural Trump territory. And with 20 electoral college votes in play, the Republican needs to win the Keystone State.

But Pennsylvania last voted for a Republican in 1988 and is now considered a Democrat shoo-in.

All the polls have put Clinton comfortably ahead with a lead of between 5% and 11%.

LATEST ODDS: CLINTON 88.4% TRUMP 11.6%

GEORGIA

THE Southern State, which has 16 electoral college votes, used to be solid Democrat territory until it turned against the party in 1964 in protest at the Civil Rights Act.

The last time it voted Democrat was in 1992, when Georgians backed Bill Clinton.

There is an outside chance it could vote for a Clinton again but most of the polls have Trump ahead by between two or three points.

LATEST ODDS: CLINTON 28.9% TRUMP 71.1%

ARIZONA

THIS should be a Republican stronghold and 11 electoral college votes in the bank for Trump. It has voted for the Grand Old Party in every Presidential election since 1952 except for 1996 when it backed Bill Clinton.

Democrats are hoping to pull off another surprise result this year. The polls have the race neck and neck between Trump and Clinton with neither being able to establish a clear lead.

LATEST ODDS: CLINTON 56.4% TRUMP 43.6%

IOWA

THEY say that if you want to take the temperature of American politics, travel to Iowa.

The state has swung between the Democrats and the Republicans like a dog that cannot decide its owner.

Voters went for George W Bush in 2004 and then Obama in 2008 and 2012.

With just six electoral college votes, the prize is not huge - but it could prove decisive in a tight race.

The last three polls taken there have put Trump marginally ahead.

LATEST ODDS: CLINTON 52.3% TRUMP 47.7%

MICHIGAN

AFTER years of voting Republican, Michigan went blue in 1992 and has stayed that way ever since.

Trump had hoped he could reverse the pattern in the Great Lake state, which has suffered from industrial decline.

But barring a last-minute setback, the state looks set to stay with the Democrats.

Clinton has led in every poll in the past month and is on course to pick up Michigan's 16 electoral college votes.

LATEST ODDS: CLINTON 89.3% TRUMP 10.7%

NEVADA

ONCE a Republican stronghold, Nevada has become a battleground state in recent elections.

The Silver State went for Bill Clinton in the 1990s before returning George W Bush's Republicans. In the last two presidential races, the state backed Barack Obama.

Six electoral college votes are up for grabs and Trump and Clinton are neck and neck. Clinton led in several polls but the latest surveys point to a narrow win for the business mogul.

LATEST ODDS: CLINTON 71.1% TRUMP 28.9%

NEW HAMPSHIRE

ONE of the 13 founding states, New Hampshire is surrounded by a sea of Democrat blue.

But this little state, with just four electoral college votes, revels in its independence.

It last voted Republican in 2000 and there are few signs it will return red this year. In every recent poll, Clinton has bethe lead.

LATEST ODDS: CLINTON 85.1% TRUUMP 14.9%

NORTH CAROLINA

IN 2008 Barack Obama broke the trend by winning the state for the first time since 1976. But the Democrat tenure was short-lived as they were evicted by the Republicans in 2012 - one of the few states Mitt Romney took back from Obama. With 15 electoral college votes it could ease Clinton's path to the White House if she can win. Of the last eight polls in the state, Trump has only been ahead in one.

LATEST ODDS: CLINTON 68.5% TRUMP 31.5%

WISCONSIN

AFTER backing Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, Wisconsin has been solidly Democrat in every presidential race since 1988.

But the run of blue wins were not walkovers and Barack Obama only took the state by a narrow margin four years ago.

With 10 electoral college votes at stake, Clinton will be keen to win in the Badger State.

And the latest polls point to her being on course for victory.

LATEST ODDS: CLINTON 87.2% TRUMP 12.8%

THE KEY BATTLEGROUND STATES

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IN THE RED CORNER MOhio ODDS Iowa ODDS Wisconsin ODDS Michigan ODDS DDS 12.8% 10.7% 53.7% 47.7% 52.3% % 46.3% Republican 87.2% 89.3% DEMOCRAT Clinton Trump 2012 election DEMOCRAT 2012 election DEMOCRAT 2012 election DEMOCRAT 2012 election DEMOCRAT MOCRAT Washington 12 New Hampshire Maine Montana 4 North Dakota Minnesota Vermont 3 3 10 Oregon 3 4 7 Idaho 4 New York Massachusetts South Dakota Wisconsin 11 4 29 Wyoming 3 10 Michigan New Hampshire ODDS Rhode Island Connecticut 16 3 mpshire DDS 7 Pennsylvania Iowa Nebraska NEVADA 206 5 6 diana Ohio Illinois In 14.9% 9% 18 11 Utah Colorado 20 14 3 10 3 New Jersey Delaware Maryland Washington DC 6 9 California Virginia Kansas W. 85.1% 5 Virginia Kentucky Missouri 55 6 13 10 8 N. Carolina 2012 DEMOCRAT election MOCRAT 15 Tenne essee 11 Arizona ArKansas Oklahoma New Mexico 1 11 S. Carolina 7 6 5 9 Georgia AAlabama 16 6 9 Mississippi Texas 38 Louisiana Florida 8 29 North Carolina ODDS NEVADA Florida ODDS Pennsylvania ODDS sylvania DDS AO Arizona ODDS Georgia ODDS 11.6% 6% 28.8% 28.9% 31.5% 43.6 43.6% 56.4% 40.6%59.4% 71.1% 68.5% 88.4% 71.1% 2012 election DEMOCRAT 2012 DEMOCRAT election MOCRAT 2012 election DEMOCRAT 2012 election DEMOCRAT 2012 REP election REPUBLICAN 2012 election REPUBLICAN
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