Why Trump may have won through sheer hard work

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Post-election number crunching has shown a stark difference between the amount of time the presidential candidates spent in key swing states.
President-elect Donald Trump dramatically out-campaigned his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the final 100 days running up to election day.
Property tycoon and former reality television star Mr Trump spent around 50 per cent more time in six key states than Mrs Clinton did.
Putting in time on the ground with undecided voters may well have been what propelled him to victory.
According to latest statistics, Mr Trump made 133 trips to the important battlegrounds of Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan and Wisconsin.
However, over the same time period, Mrs Clinton visited five of those states 87 times and she didn’t make it to Wisconsin in the immediate run up to voting day.
Instead, other members of the Clinton campaign camp went in her place, including her running mate Senator Tim Kaine and her daughter Chelsea Clinton.
It would appear that Mrs Clinton thought Wisconsin was a relatively safe bet given that a Republican candidate has not taken victory there for more than 30 years. However, Mr Trump won the state by just one point.
The outgoing president Barack Obama along with First Lady Michelle also travelled the length and breadth of American on Mrs Clinton’s behalf, while she took part in appearances with celebrities, including Beyoncé and Jay-Z as well as focusing her energies on presidential debates.
However, on a call to leading donors to her campaign, Mrs Clinton is understood to have put the blame firmly at the door of FBI director James Comey.
She is understood to have said the timing of his announcement that he was once again looking into emails to and from her personal server, was deeply unfair, coming so close to the election.
Mrs Clinton has told donors that she had a comfortable lead over Mr Trump until Mr Comey wrote a letter to congress to say his agency was probing her emails again, which she said destroyed her momentum.
The Democrat was considerably up on the polls in the weeks before the election, but lost much of that ground to Mr Trump once news of the FBI investigation broke.
However, she took time off from the campaign trail to concentrate on fundraising and preparing for the three presidential debates.
Mr Trump, however, continued to travel from one key state to the next, holding a series of rallies.
He was out campaigning on his own for the most part, with only a few key supporters, while Mrs Clinton heavily relied on political and celebrity support.

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