Which states does Hillary Clinton need to win? Here are some electoral vote scenarios.

Which states does Hillary Clinton need to win? Here are some electoral vote scenarios.

Hillary Clinton has many paths to the White House. Most of them come down to this: Donald Trump needs to win a broad patchwork of swing states, if not all of them, to achieve victory.

Clinton began Election Day with a near guarantee of more than 250 electoral votes. The winner of the Electoral College needs 270 electoral votes. Clinton's strength lies in only needing wins in a few major states. 

With a victory in Florida or Ohio, along with expected wins in Pennsylvania and Virginia, Clinton would have 270 electoral votes. Likewise, a victory in North Carolina and any other swing state would guarantee her victory. 

If Clinton wins Pennsylvania and Michigan, a longtime Democratic stronghold, then victory in Nevada would also put her in the White House. 

The takeaway: Clinton has far more paths to the White House than Trump. She only needs one, perhaps two, key wins to block Trump's path to the presidency.