Great Lakes no help for a struggling Trump on road to 270

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The numbers are stark for Donald Trump. Down in Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina.

Hillary Clinton is starting to spend money in Georgia and Arizona — states any Republican running for president ought to be able to count on.

The road to 270 electoral votes — the threshold to clinch the presidency — increasingly looks to be a series of uphill climbs and dead ends for Trump in the usual collection of most competitive states.

The GOP nominee needs a place to reset the electoral map, and stops this past week in Michigan and Pennsylvania suggest he’s looking at the industrial heartland states on the Great Lakes. It’s where he’s said he can compete with Democrat Hillary Clinton.

But Trump will find the going there no easier than anywhere else.