Joe Biden is ahead in the six battleground states Donald Trump won in 2016 by as much as seven points, new poll finds – which says 53% of his supporters have ALREADY voted
- Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in six battleground states the president won in the 2016 election
- Leads are within margin of error but show the state of the race
- Biden leads in three states – Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina – that are considered must win for the presidency
- He also leads in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, says Change Research poll
- More than 53 per cent of Biden supporters have voted compared to 25 per cent for Trump; more than 40 million Americans have voted early
The Democratic nominee leads in most national polls on the race but the battleground contests are significant because they offer a tighter view of the state of the race.
Particularly, Biden leads in three states – Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina – that are considered must win in order to take the presidency.
He also leads in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to the poll from Change Research.
All his leads are in the margin of error and both campaigns are fighting hard in those critical areas ahead of November 3.
Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in six battleground states the president won in the 2016 election
But besides the lead in the polls, early voting returns show Democrats turning up in greater number than Republicans.
The Change Research poll revealed 53% of Biden voters have already voted compared to just 25% of Trump voters.
President Trump has encouraged his supporters to vote on Election Day, meaning there could be a surge in support for him on November 3.
Early voting has begun in most states. And more than 40 million Americans have already cast their ballot, according to the Election Project.
In the battleground states along, 21 million Americans have cast their ballots, according to a Washington Post analysis.
Florida, which is considered a must-win for Trump if he wants a second term, saw a new record of early votes cast on Monday, the first day the option was available. More than 3.1 million votes were cast with the majority from Democrats at 1.2 million. Republicans cast 1 million ballots and the rest were other parties or had no affiliation.
President Trump is expected to vote early in the state before November 3. Ivanka Trump is campaigning in Florida for her father on Wednesday. Kamala Harris was there for Team Biden on Monday.
Jill Biden attends at Get out the Vote event in Morrisonville, Pennsylvania
Ivanka Trump campaigns in North Carolina
Kamala Harris arrives in Asheville, North Carolina, for a day of campaigning in the state
In Pennsylvania, where Trump’s win there made him the first Republican in over 20 years to carry the state, Republicans had a major loss on Monday when the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling extending the deadline for mail-in ballots. Officials can count ballots received up to three days after Election Day, a huge win for Democrats.
Democrats have requested about 1.8 million – or 64 per cent – of the 2.8 million mail-in ballots requested in the state. Pennsylvania officials cannot begin counting returns until Election Day.
The president held a campaign rally there Tuesday night while Jill Biden was in the state the same day for her husband’s campaign.
Former President Barack Obama will hold a campaign rally for Biden on Wednesday evening.
In Michigan, of the 3 million registered voters, 1.5 million of them have already returned their ballot, according to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. She predicted two-thirds of voters in the state would vote early this year.
In North Carolina, more than 2 million voters have already cast a ballot and officials predict that 80 percent will have voted by November 3.
Ivanka Trump was in North Carolina on Tuesday and Kamala Harris will be there on Wednesday.
Early voting began in Wisconsin on Tuesday – Ivanka Trump was there as part of the Trump campaign get-out-the-vote effort.
And Arizona has seen 1.1 million ballots cast already. Officials there started counting ballots on Tuesday as state law permits the tabulating to start two weeks out from Election Day.