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Clinton has dropped below the 270 electoral votes mark for the first time in a while

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to a question during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

According to CNN's electoral map, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went from exceeding the necessary number of votes for a win, to falling just shy of it.

This morning, CNN reported that Clinton was situated at 272, but after only a few hours, the Democratic nominee suffered a four-point drop that has her now at 268. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump faired much better as he rose a whopping 25 votes, going from 179 to 204. While still not close to the number Clinton has, this jump is rather significant.

The spike occurred after several states went from battleground to Republican-leaning, such as Utah and Iowa. New Hampshire moved from being Democratic-leaning, to battleground, as well.

Clinton has held numbers above 270 for some time on the CNN map; this is the first instance in a while where she's dropped below it. Democrats are also convinced that this weekend, voting will skew several states their way such as Nevada and North Carolina, pushing Clinton safely back above 270.

One last thing…
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