Trump campaign: "we can safely assume" 201 electoral votes

Down but clearly not out, the presidential campaign of millionaire Donald Trump just issued a map of states that places him in a commanding position: "those colored red are states that we can safely assume will vote for Trump."

The Trump picks add up to 201 electoral votes, 69 short of what he needs to prevail on Nov. 8. Hillary Clinton, in comparison, has only 187 votes secured on the map. The remaining states are gray, indicating battleground status, with 150 electoral votes available.

According to polls, however, Clinton has a commanding lead, including in several of the states Trump's campaign believes are up for grabs.

(Tepid take: this is what he'll actually win on the day, losing all the grayed-out states but holding on to Arizona.) Read the rest