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The US Election 2020 campaign has been characterised by bitter clashes between incumbent Donald Trump and Democrat hopeful Joe Biden both outside and inside the debating ring. With former vice-president Biden projected to secure the longed-for 270 Electoral College votes next week, former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg warned Democrats their battle may not be so easy to win. Mr Nunberg told Sky News the final results of the election could ultimately come down to two swing states.
Swing states are those areas where election results are usually very close or where there is not set allegiance to either the Republican or Democratic Party.
Mr Numberg said: “If you’d had told me before the second debate that I would be looking at an election that comes down to two states, either Pennsylvania or Michigan, I would’ve told you that you’re crazy but that’s what it has come down to.
“The President is having a remarkable comeback from where he was after the first debate and getting Covid. And on this trajectory, the only question is if there’s enough time.
“Joe Biden to me seems to be playing prevent defence and he’s been doing it for too long.”
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He added: “Yes, he has more money than Donald Trump, yes, he’s on-air much more but when you look at those ads, I don’t know what they’re talking about.”
Pennsylvania swung away from the Democrats’ hands after two consecutive elections where voters backed Barack Obama. Candidates securing the state would also win its 20 electoral votes.
President Trump also won Michigan in 2016 despite most national polls suggesting a likely Democratic win.
Joe Biden has been leading the US leaders in most surveys over the past week, including in key states like Michigan and Pennsylvania.
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Both candidates are not taking the results for granted and have launched a final rally rush to win over the backing of undecided voters.
The move comes despite a large record of voters registering to cast their ballot early, with commentators suggesting long queues at polling stations are a sign of “unhappiness” with the current administration.
Mr Nunberg however suggested the high number of registered voters sending in their vote now does not indicate a certain increase in support for Joe Biden.
He said: “I’ll tell you, in the state of Florida the Trump campaign believes they have already delivered a win.
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“If you look at the state of Ohio, it matters to look if these are high-propensity voters, in other words, voters who vote anyway, or are these vote-propensity or newly registered voters?
“If these are newly-registered voters, those votes tend to be Democrat but if you look at the overall percentage of the entire amount of voters who have already voted, it’s not really hitting the numbers that the Democrats want.
“When I talk to my friends working for the Trump campaign in Pennsylvania, the Democrats are not hitting their numbers.
“If the President were to win Pennsylvania, he has over 270 electoral votes.”
While US citizens express a preference for a presidential candidate, the final result is decided by the Electoral College, which includes representatives from all 51 states.
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