Fox News fail: Minnesota one of the 15 (uh, 10!) states Donald Trump is targeting


Fox News is known for political coverage, particularly coverage of conservative candidates; even more particularly, political coverage of conservative candidates as delivered by a blond anchorwoman. 

What Fox News is not known for is math. 

This reputation will be bolstered by a clip from this past weekend, in which Fox took a closer look at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's strategy this election season. 

Late last week, Trump announced that his campaign would focus on 15 key states, saying he planned to put states in play that are typically an automatic win for the Democrats.

Over the weekend, Fox informed its viewers of just which 15 states those are. Except. There were only 10. One-third of the 15-state strategy was missing. They colored 10 states on the map bright red, guessed there were 15 of 'em, and threw it up on the screen.

No one at Fox seems to have noticed this. Many people not at Fox did notice.


Oh well! Minor detail!

The graphic has some pretty depressing mathematical implications for the Fox News crew. It might also suggest bad things about the numbers guys on Trump's campaign, too. For, while this map contains several of the perennial must-have toss-up states in presidential elections — states like Florida, Ohio, and Virginia — there are also a few that have no business being on there. Like us.

The Trump campaign apparently has its eyes on California, with its 55 Electoral College votes, and New York state's 29 votes. These are some seriously pie-in-the-sky longshots. California hasn't gone "red" since 1988, seven elections ago, and the last Republican to get New York's vote was Ronald Reagan in 1984. 

Last election, both New York (63 percent) and California (60 percent) overwhelmingly backed President Barack Obama for reelection. 

As did Minnesota, which gave its 10 electoral votes to the Democrat with a 53 percent to 45 percent margin. Minnesota has the country's longest-running streak of voting for Democratic presidential candidates, dating back to Jimmy Carter in 1976. Surely, some day, someone will break that streak. 

Don't expect it to be Donald Trump. The real estate scion and spokesman for raising awareness about the sexiness of his biological daughter couldn't even convince Minnesota's conservatives to back him: With 21 percent of the vote, Trump got third place in the state's Republican caucus, finishing behind Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. 

With respect, but not much, we kindly ask that you all go back into your "command center" rooms and redo this map. There aren't 15 states highlighted on it, and there shouldn't be 10. 

Let us know how many you come up with. And please leave Minnesota out of it.