Trump Gaining Ground On Biden in Battleground States, New Polls Show
President gains ground on nearly all 'battlegrounds' over Democratic presidential nominee
President Donald Trump is gaining ground on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in nearly all “battleground” states, new polls are showing.
The new polls, at least one of which is solidly left-leaning, seem to indicate Trump is winning over states such as Minnesota, where civil unrest has been rife.
In a new poll this week, Change Research, which operates as polling apparatus largely for Democratic candidates and organizations, shows Trump making big gains on Biden in “toss-up” states across the board.
The president's campaign has been picking up momentum in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Florida — states that, just two weeks ago, Biden led by a considerable margin.
Trump is now comfortably within the margin of error in Arizona, Florida, and Pennsylvania, and swiftly narrowing the gap in Michigan and Wisconsin, where he’s just 4 and 5 points behind, respectively, the latest Change Research poll shows.
The new poll, which likely leans favorably toward Biden, tracks along with other individual state-based polls, particularly one out of Minnesota.
As Hot Air points out, Minnesota has been moving in Trump’s direction since late May, just after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers and the subsequent protests and unrest.
“Between the explosion of violence in Minnesota since the George Floyd protests began and the traction the ‘defund the police’ movement has gotten there vis-a-vis Minneapolis PD, swing voters may be more receptive to the ‘law and order’ option on the ballot than they are in other states,” Hot Air speculates.
“That’s big news for Trump since he’s been hammering his law-and-order message nationally lately, both rhetorically and via actions like building up the federal presence in Portland.”
As the anti-police brutality protests wear on, they seem to be experiencing significant mission creep, with demonstrations growing increasingly violent, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, according to The Daily Wire.
Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest and Portland’s ongoing courthouse riots have dominated headlines, swiftly replacing images of peaceful protests taken in the first few days following Floyd’s death.
It may not necessarily be Trump’s message that’s resonating, however, but rather Biden’s that’s not.
“The coronavirus pandemic and the economic devastation it’s unleashed are pushing Joe Biden and the Democratic Party further to the left on health care,” the outlet reports.
It goes on to note that Biden is now “inching closer” to a “Medicare for All” plan, similar to those proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during the Democratic primaries, as a way of courting progressives left cold by the nomination process.
Medicare-for-All, "Defund the Police,” and other far-left policy proposals are simply unpopular, though, with most Americans — even Democratic convention delegates.
Biden’s leftward lunge, it appears, may have now come back to bite him in the polls.