Has Trump jumped the shark?
With 25 days left to go in the US Presidential elections, Donald Trump’s comeback seems to have stalled, according to Advanced Symbolics’ Polly, the AI-based polling engine. After two days of growth in projected electoral college votes for Donald Trump, Joe Biden gained 15 votes overnight to bring him closer to his all-time high of 342 projected votes.
The popular vote remains unchanged with Biden leading at 54% to Trump’s 46% but there have been some ripples of changes as those fluctuate by fractions of percentage points on a daily basis. When Trump was first hospitalised, popular support for him went up by half a percentage point but he quickly lost the advantage as the week wore on.
The close races are in Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa, Arizona, Texas and Florida; in these states there are 4 or fewer percentage points separating the candidates. Biden has made small gains in those states leading to the 15 vote gain. Contributing to that, there was considerable micro-movement in many of the states that are not likely to turn blue anytime soon; they’ve all seen a small uptick in support for the Democrats. These include Kentucky (Biden +1.7%), Alabama (Biden +2.6%), Mississipi (Biden +2.3%) — a few states, like Nebraska (Trump +1.5%) and Louisiana (Trump +1.2%) have gotten a deeper shade of red but overall support for Trump has waned.
Among the issues influencing each party’s voters following the debates, it seems that Kamala Harris and Mike Pence have neither gained nor lost any supporters. Republican voters still remain concerned about lockdowns and riots while Democrats focus on the economy, the Supreme Court nomination process, Trump’s taxes and Black Lives Matter.
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