Biden Crosses 270 Electoral College Votes
With early voting already in full swing, Joe Biden has crossed a major threshold in the Electoral College a mere three weeks before November 3rd. CNN released their newly updated data on Wednesday evening, barely two hours before the Vice Presidential Debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence was to begin.
CNN’s predictive model, based on both private and public polling, gives Biden 290 Electoral College votes to Donald Trump’s 193, which would position Biden to win the 2020 Presidential Election.
The new numbers reflect Trump’s recent bout of coronavirus keeping him off of the campaign trail, unable to hold his rallies. The Trump campaign has also run into financial issues that have caused them to pull advertising in many battleground states where Trump is struggling to reach the same percentage of voters as he won easily in 2016. For example, no Trump ads are running in Iowa, where Biden’s campaign is spending over half a million dollars in commercials and other forms of public advertisements.
Joe Biden continues to lead with the influential voting groups Trump struggles with the most: women, independents, college-educated voters, and non-White voters, while continuing to poll competitively with Trump among men, Whites, and seniors, who have recently begun rejecting Trump in the wake of his COVID19 diagnosis, when he had recently dismissed the virus as impacting “almost nobody except the old.”
Biden and Trump are scheduled to meet for two more Presidential Debates beginning next week, but Biden has said he won’t debate Trump in person if he’s still testing positive for the coronavirus.
It's unthinkable that we're even talking about holding a second Trump-Biden debate in person even as the WH is still withholding basic info about Trump's condition, including when he last tested negative. The Debate Commission should not be allowing this:https://t.co/U3EctxR0lo
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) October 7, 2020