The Hill: Biden leads in five of six ‘battleground states’


A new survey shows Joe Biden, now running with Sen. Kamala Harris, leads Donald Trump in six “battleground” states. (Screen snip, YT, NBC)

Less than 24 hours after Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden picked California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, The Hill is reporting that the presumptive nominee “is leading President Trump in five of six battleground states, according to a new poll released Wednesday.”

The critical states identified in this survey are Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The survey was done by Change Research, conducted Aug. 7-9 among 2,701 likely general election voters. It has a margin of error of 1.89 percentage points.

According to the survey, Biden is ahead 50-44 in the national poll and by 4 points in five of the six battleground states, he exception being North Carolina. There, Trump is ahead by one point.

Another revelation is that “just 46 percent approve of Trump’s job performance in the battleground states, and only 44 percent approve of his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

However, the Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll shows 48 percent approval of the president’s job performance including 37 percent who strongly approve. Fifty-one percent disapprove, Rasmussen reported.

Back to the Change Research survey, “Battleground voters blame Trump and the Republicans in Congress as much as Democrats for the failure to pass an unemployment benefit expansion, but those who are currently on unemployment blame Trump and Republicans most.”

The battle over extending unemployment benefits amounts to a classic “He Said-She Said” argument between the White House and Congressional Democrats.

With the election still more than 70 days out, and the real campaign not expected to kick off until after the Labor Day weekend, gun rights activists are bracing for battle. Sen. Harris has a history of gun control support rivaling that of Biden and every other Democrat who ran in the primaries. Her selection as Biden’s replacement-in-waiting has raised alarms in the Second Amendment community, where there is already speculation the former vice president may bow out sometime during his first term, if he wins Nov. 3.

There are also concerns about the election, itself. At least some conservatives are worried about the potential for massive voter fraud.

At stake are the elections and the direction the nation will take for the next four years. President Donald Trump has appointed scores of conservative judges to federal court vacancies, and two conservatives to the Supreme Court. For that to continue, Trump must win re-election and Republicans must retain control of the Senate.

Many conservatives are convinced the nation will see a replay of 2016, when the whole country expected Clinton to win, but the Trump campaign outmaneuvered her and gun owners turned out in key states to swing those states’ electoral college votes to Trump. Whether that will happen again in November is pure speculation, and grassroots activists are warning people against complacency and over-confidence.

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