The nation will soon learn whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. Going into Election Day, Clinton holds a stronger polling lead nationally.

More importantly, she's ahead in the electoral college polling -- looking likely to win the 270 electoral votes she needs to become president.

But anything can happen ...

Clinton vs. Trump Swing State polling

Electoral college predictions

While national polls won't decide the election, they can be an important tool for monitoring trends across the country and figuring out whether one candidate is on pace to surge or sink in the polls.

Swing states are essential indicators to keep an eye on heading into the November election. Donald Trump has said his candidacy will put states like New York into play for Republicans for the first time in a while, it is most likely going to be states like Florida and Ohio that will determine who ultimately comes out on top.

RCP Swing State Poll Average