Trump raises health concerns with visit to Arizona l GMA
President is set to win, but October polls show a slight advantage for Democrat Biden
WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump has attempted to expand his support in Arizona, stating, “If we win in this state, we win overall.”.
Arizona has 11 electoral votes out of 270 required for a candidate to win the presidential election. Trump won this state by 4 percentage points in 2016.
“We’re number one in Arizona,” Trump said at a political rally in Prescott two weeks before the election.
Averages of major polls released this month show Democratic candidate Joe Biden leads Arizona by about 3 percentage points, which is well within the margin of error for most polls..
This means that political observers consider the race in this state to be practically a draw..
At a Prescott rally, Trump condemned the media for its constant attention to the coronavirus, saying that Americans are tired of the news coverage of the pandemic and that this is an attempt to suppress the vote..
“People won’t buy it, CNN, you stupid freaks,” the president said.
Arizona hasn’t been elected a Democrat for president in 24 years. Republicans still dominate registered voters.
Trump is unlikely to win re-election without winning Arizona, says Ruth Jones, professor emeritus at the School of Political and Global Studies at Arizona State University..
“If this wave goes against him in Arizona, then it is likely that this trend against him will manifest itself in one or two other undecided or necessary states to win,” Jones told Voice of America..
Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s headquarters issued statement criticizing Trump’s visit to Arizona.
“President Trump is spending the last days of his campaign trying to sow discord and distract the American people from their failure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. He wants to sell Arizona families even more of the same reckless leadership that has destroyed the state’s economy, shutting down thousands of small businesses and threatening safeguards for 2.8 million Arizonans with previously diagnosed illnesses, ”Biden said in a statement..
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