It’s time to “alarm maak” daardie Joe Biden is likely to be the next president of the United States, said Dave Wasserman, US House editor for Cook Political Report, op Dinsdag.
Wasserman was one of the few political commentators who correctly forecasted President Trump s’n victory in 2016, writing in FiveThirtyEight two months before the last election that there is an “unusually high chance Donald Trump could win the Electoral College while losing the popular vote.”
Maar nou, Wasserman is making the case that Biden has a better chance of beating Trump in 2020 than Hillary Clinton did in 2016 for multiple reasons.
“Eerste, Biden’s lead is larger and much more stable than Clinton’s was at this point. Tweede, there are far fewer undecided and third-party voters left to woo — reducing the chances of a late break toward one side,” Wasserman wrote in NBC News Dinsdag.
“And third, the scores of district and state-level polls conducted by the parties to make spending decisions in down-ballot races generally align with national polls showing Trump running behind his 2016 pace, including in key states.”
Daar is, natuurlik, still paths to a second-term for the president. GOP strategist Karl Rove argued on “Die storie” this week that Trump’s chances for victory hinge on winning one of the three rustbelt states he carried in 2016: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Michigan.
“Think about it this way, if the president wins every state — let’s take the three Great Lakes states, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin [en] put them to the side for a second. If the president wins every one of the rest of the states he won in 2016 and carries Pennsylvania, he’s got 280 verkiesingsstemme, 10 more than needed,” Rove said.
“If he carries Wisconsin out of those three states, only Wisconsin, he’s got 270. If he carries Michigan out of those three states, and loses Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, he’s got 276, so the path to victory lies in these states.”
The numbers don’t look great for the president in these states though. According to the latest Fox News poll, “Biden leads by 12 points in Michigan (52-40 persentasie), 5 points in Pennsylvania (50-45 persentasie), en 5 points in Wisconsin (49-44 persentasie).”
Ultimately according to Cook Political Report’s latest projection, Democrats have 290 electoral votes in the solid, likely, or lean to the left categories.
Republikeine, intussen, het 163 electoral votes in the solid, likely, or lean to the right categories. Daar is 85 electoral votes ranked as a toss-up.