18 Sep, 2020 08:15 am

Trailing in key states, Trump fights across patchwork map

The president’s high floor of support is keeping him within range of Joe Biden in a number of states. Yet his ceiling is so low that it threatens his hold in a number of others that he should have locked down by now.

In 2016, Trump lost by just over 2 percentage points there and he was not widely expected to compete seriously this year.Rory McShane, a Nevada-based Republican strategist, said Trump still “puts a lot of states on the map that previous presidents haven’t,” including New Mexico, which Trump lost by 8 percentage points four years ago.Trump is running behind Biden by more than 4 percentage points in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona, according to RealClearPolitics polling averages, all states he won in 2016.In Ohio, where Trump beat Clinton by 8 percentage points in 2016, polls have narrowed.

Trump is lagging behind Biden by 4 percentage points in Nevada and 3 percentage points in New Hampshire, according to New York Times/Siena College surveys released Saturday, and he is down 9 percentage points in Minnesota.” Four years ago, Trump’s prospective map appeared much narrower at this point in the campaign.

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