Fear Grips Democrats because of Joe-Biden

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Fear Grips Democrats because of Joe-Biden

It’s less than 80 days before the U.S. presidential election kicks off but it looks like Joe Biden’s run to lose.

Yet, as Democrats nationwide did online voting this week to nominate him as their party’s choice to contend with President Donald Trump on Nov. 3, majority fear Biden may be caught up with this – for reasons almost entirely out of his control.

The ex vice president and his compatriots have every reason to feel this way. Polls prove that Biden has pulled a stronghold in nearly every battleground state that Trump won swiftly in 2016, as the Republican’s approval numbers tumble amid the Covid19 pandemic. For the first time in a decade, taking over the Senate – and full control of Congress – is not out of sight.

Fear Grips Democrats because of Joe-Biden

Yet interviews with many Democratic officials, activists and voters unveil deep fears that Trump will make voting to be quite difficult as possible during the pandemic, and should he lose the poll, he won’t accept its result.

Biden has termed it his greatest fear. Ex President Barack Obama on Friday raised the alarm, saying on Twitter that Trump administration is “more concerned with attacking the vote than attacking a virus.” And eight out of 10 Democrats are more concerned about voter suppression, with reference to a Reuters/Ipsos poll in late July.

Trump has warned against voting for months by mail, declaring without proof that it will result to fraud, and on Thursday, all acknowledged he was restricting Democratic requests for the post office additional funding because of his stance on mail-in voting.

Fear Grips Democrats because of Joe-Biden

“We can’t predict what will happen other than the more close we are to the election, the more desperate Trump and his campaign become,” said Rodell Mollineau, an adviser to Unite the Country, a political action committee that supports Biden.

A spokesman for the Trump campaign, Tim Murtaugh said the president desires an election that is “free and fair”, adding that it is Democrats who are triggering “chaos and the very real possibility of fraud” by attempting to increase voting by mail.

Democrats and voting rights groups assert that mail-in voting can assist in protecting voters from the coronavirus, and that a failure to assure the alternative during the pandemic will disengage millions of Americans, especially the poor and African-Americans who tend to vote Democratic.

Fear Grips Democrats because of Joe-Biden

Some feel Biden’s leading edge in the polls only creates more anxiety. They are worried that the increasing cases of coronavirus could scare voters away from the polling units, especially if Biden is seen as coasting to a swift win.

“Should Biden be up by 10 points, how likely are you to take risk with your life to pull that lever,” said a top digital strategist for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, Stefan Smith.

Exactly this time in 2016, Hillary Clinton, the then Democratic presidential nominee had about a five-point lead in the different polls and still did not win the election three months later, partly as a result of the first decline in African-American turnout in 20 years.

Fear Grips Democrats because of Joe-Biden

Michigan Democrat Patty Leitzel, who lives in Macomb County, a politically divided place said she is still in shock by how Trump won in her state four years ago and worries such could be repeated again – as do the voters she talks to on a daily basis.

County chairman for the Clinton campaign, Leitzel, has been phone-banking and organizing virtual house parties on behalf of Biden. “If I have my way, I would tell Biden this: Don’t go with the polls,” she said.

Just like most Democrats, Leitzel’s is more concerned with voter suppression. But she said she also would like to see Biden make a huge effort to get his message out so that the poll hinges less on the performance of Trump in office.

Fear Grips Democrats because of Joe-Biden

Democrats assert that the run has become overly concerned on how Trump is handling the pandemic. This has so far worked in the favor of Biden, but has also left him vulnerable to a swift shift in the country’s treasures, such as the improvement of the economy greatly in the run-up to the poll or the availability of coronavirus vaccine, they say.

“These changes could have an effect on the race,” said Geoffrey Skelley, an elections analyst for FiveThirtyEight, a website that investigates polling data. “Because the president generally win in the polls better in the states that are most likely to decide the poll than he does nationally, he doesn’t necessarily have to reinstate that much to enhance his chances of winning in the Electoral College.”

Murtaugh said Democrats wanted the country to continue to be in desperate shape through the poll. “President Trump is looking forward to our continued recovery, but Joe Biden is afraid of it,” he said.

Fear Grips Democrats because of Joe-Biden

Biden has taken a far more careful stance than Trump on reopening the economy and continuously laid emphasis on the need to follow public health guidelines.

He will accept his presidential nomination most especially from his home state of Delaware, while Trump plans to visit Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona and Pennsylvania, all politically competitive states this week.

The Biden campaign’s on-the-ground efforts have also gone massively digital. The Trump campaign, clearly, says it is knocking on one million doors a week.

The wisdom and approach of each side’s won’t be disclosed until election day. But Biden allies know that a 10-point edge in August does not assure a win in November.

Fear Grips Democrats because of Joe-Biden

At a July 30 fundraiser, Representative Cedric Richmond, a co-chair of Biden’s campaign, talked about the specter of the Atlanta Falcons, the National Football League team that  lose the championship game by squandering a 25-point lead in 2017.

“We’re not going to be up 28 to 3 at halftime at the Super Bowl and see our lead whittle away,” Richmond said. “We’re going to keep pressing, and we’re going to keep working.”


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