Republican President Donald Trump, his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and their partners on Sunday tried to energize their supporters and win over the last undecided voters to their side.
Nine days before the November 3 election, Trump went to rallies in the small states of New Hampshire and Maine in the northeast of the country. The small number of electors from these states could be decisive if candidates get close election results.
The outcome of a presidential election in the United States is not determined by popular vote across the country, but by an electoral college of 538 people, and depends on the results of voting in each state. Therefore, Trump and Biden are aiming for the majority of 270 votes in the college.
In 2016, Trump lost to New Hampshire and did not receive four electoral votes from him, slightly behind Democrat Hillary Clinton. This year, according to state polls, the president is more than 11 percentage points behind Biden.
In Maine, Trump won one of four electors in the upstate county four years ago, and this time he is battling Biden for a single elector. At the same time, in general, the president lags significantly behind Biden in the state. According to state rules, two electors are added to the overall winner’s box, and the vote of another elector is determined by a vote in the second district, which includes the coastal territories.
Meanwhile, Biden is performing in virtual format on Sunday at the “I Will Vote” concert. While Trump continues to hold massive outdoor rallies, often in airport hangars, despite the U.S. coronavirus pandemic, Biden is taking a more measured campaign approach. He appears in small gatherings or, like this Sunday, uses online broadcasts.
Trump’s sidekick Vice President Mike Pence has also appeared at rallies and speaks on Sunday in Kinston, North Carolina, another undecided state. Trump won the state in 2016, but polls show Biden’s slight edge.
Biden’s teammate, vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris, is in another important state, Michigan, where she speaks in Detroit, Troy and Pontiac.
Trump won in Michigan, traditionally considered a Democratic state. This, along with victories in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, earned him four years in the White House.
However, polls show that Trump lags behind Biden by almost 8 percentage points in Michigan and, albeit less, in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
All three states are critical to the outcome of the 2020 election. The same can be said for several more states where Trump won in 2016 but is lagging behind now. Several polls show that Biden is 8-9 percentage points ahead of Trump in terms of universal suffrage.
More than 58 million Americans have already voted, of which about two-thirds by mail and about a third in person. Many of them said they decided to vote early so that in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, they would not face other people in queues at polling stations on election day.
Polls show that perhaps less than 5 percent of voters are undecided, making it especially important for Trump and Biden to identify their supporters and persuade them to vote.
Many Biden supporters who voted have told reporters that they want to be among the first voters to vote against Trump in order to make him the third president in 40 years to fail to be re-elected after his first term.
At the same time, many Republicans say they want to vote on election day, as has been the norm in the US for decades.