President Trump Closes The Gap In Pennsylvania Swing Districts

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

 

President Trump has closed the gap in Pennsylvania, a critical battleground state. If he can maintain this momentum going into Election Day, he may just pull off an upset against former Vice President Joe Biden. 

Fox News reported that “A poll of Pennsylvania voters released Monday found that Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump in the key battleground state has shrunk in the final days of the race.”

Previously, a Monmouth University Poll had Biden leading Trump by seven points (51-44) in a “high turnout model” and a five-point lead (50-45) model in which a significant number of mail-in ballots are rejected. But a poll released on Monday shows that the president is making up ground. The survey showed that among all registered voters in the state, 50% support Biden and 45% favor Trump. 

“All eyes have been on the Keystone State from the start. Pennsylvania voters may have responded more than most to key events, such as the conventions and the debates. This potential for movement is one reason why both campaigns have spent so much time there,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, explained in a statement.

But even more significant is are the numbers concerning ten swing counties in the state. “Voters in those counties gave Biden a 53-42 edge last month but now go for Trump, 49-45,” according to Fox News. FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver said on Sunday that if Trump wins Pennsylvania, Biden will become the “underdog.” 

Both Trump and Biden have focused on states like Pennsylvania and Florida since both are seen as crucial to victory. According to Politico, Trump spent all of Saturday “crisscrossing the state from the Delaware Valley to fracking country to north central Pennsylvania to stage four rallies.

Biden, who has repeatedly reminded audiences that he is from Scranton, also sees the Keystone State as crucial. He, and his running mate Kamala Harris, will be making appearances in “all four corners of the state.” 

Pennsylvania Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro told Politico, “It’s clear from an Electoral College perspective, if you look at the map from last cycle, just how pivotal Pennsylvania is. At the end of the day, I think if Pennsylvania goes, so will go the country.”

As the countdown draws to a close, both candidates are working overtime to earn as many votes as possible before Election Day. The national polls are still showing Biden with a clear lead over the president. But when it comes to swing states, it’s still anyone’s game at this point. 

 

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