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(34,362 posts)
Wed Sep 30, 2020, 06:46 PM Sep 2020

Early Voting Suggests Biden is Going to Annihilate Trump, and the GOP is Soiling Itself

The president’s attacks on mail-in voting are backfiring spectacularly.


SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

If you’ve turned on a TV, radio, phone, or computer in the last several months, odds are you’ve heard Donald Trump ranting about how mail-in voting is rife with fraud. Obviously he’s taking this approach not because he actually thinks that’s the case—he and the first lady requested mail-in ballots to vote in Florida’s primary—but because he’s trying to sow fear in the system and undermine the election. And so far, it’s working! While Republicans once had an edge in requesting mail-in ballots, the president seems to have successfully scared off his own supporters. Now, Democrats’ ballot requests are reportedly surging ahead in key battleground states, making Republicans more than a little bit anxious.

The Washington Post reports that the Democratic voters who have requested mail-in ballots and sent them back “greatly outnumber Republicans” in states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maine, and Iowa. A similar trend is apparently occurring in Ohio, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin, and GOP leaders and strategists are freaking out. The disparity has reportedly been “the subject of urgent discussions” among GOP officials, who are “stunn[ed]” by the margins and fear the news is not just bad for Trump but for other Republicans on the ballot. While the party is said to be focused on voter turnout on Election Day itself, Whit Ayers, a longtime Republican pollster, told the Post the fear is that older voters, who typically support Republicans, are concerned about being infected with COVID-19 and could choose to stay home if the pandemic intensifies in the run-up to November 3 (which would be yet another reason not to cast a ballot for Trump, whose handling of the crisis has been shambolic at best).

While they’d likely never say it in public, privately, officials know they have the president to thank for the skewed numbers when it comes to mail-in ballots, and Republicans have spent the last few months frantically trying to clean up the mess:

...several Republicans acknowledged privately that there is little upside for their party in the numbers—and said they are working feverishly to reverse the trend with a last-minute press with voters. “It’s astronomical,” said one Republican strategist involved in Senate races who said he was “horrified” by the discrepancy and, like others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal concerns. “You see these numbers in a state like North Carolina, and how can you not be concerned?”


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(4,845 posts)
1. You reap what you sow.
Wed Sep 30, 2020, 06:49 PM
Sep 2020

GOP lets Trump takeover them. You will be "concerned" for many years to come as people remember what you let Trump do to our country.


(100,059 posts)
6. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Wed Sep 30, 2020, 07:00 PM
Sep 2020

The GOP is trying to go for total party rule. And they lost big on this bloviating asshole. Trump gambled with the pandemic and it was like betting the company payroll on red #7 and then losing it all. This will cost him big time and it will cost the GOP in the long run.


(4,845 posts)
8. I keep hearing that Americans have short memories so I don't know how long Trump stink lasts
Wed Sep 30, 2020, 07:04 PM
Sep 2020

But he pushed this moderate that would have considered voting for republicans (even back in 2015) into a long time democratic voter, if not for life. I am sure there are people similar to me. Republicans need to learn a lesson and I will make sure they get the message with my straight ticket democratic vote for every election (including midterm and general).


(884 posts)
12. Welcome to the party. And the Party!
Wed Sep 30, 2020, 10:59 PM
Sep 2020

I suspect we're going to see a lot more people finally starting to wake up to what the modern day Republican Party has become. Personally, Bush vetoing funding expansion for health insurance for children was the straw that broke this camel's back.

I'll just ask that, should you find yourself dissatisfied with what we Democrats are able to get accomplished, you'll remember the role that what the Republican Party as a whole has become has played and will undoubtedly continue to play in obstructing us getting anything done, and hold the proper party accountable.

Case in point, Trump bloviating last night that he gets to have so many judges because Obama left so many vacancies, as though that were not entirely the result of Mitch McConnell enforcing minority rule, and not even by merely opposing nominees, as is the rightful place of the Senate to do, but by obstructing them even getting hearings.

It honestly should not be Trump that pushes you to oppose the Republican Party.

It's the Republican Party's blatant efforts to intentionally break government only to then say only they can fix it, and their abject failure to stand up for their own principles, like they did when they forced Nixon from office, because they care more now about ownin' tha libs than defending democracy itself.

They're perfectly fine with Fascism, as long as the boot is on the neck of the people they despise, and they've shown that FAR beyond any reasonable doubt.


(13,562 posts)
3. I want to write up a fake PSA warning that shit should be thoroughly cooked before eating,
Wed Sep 30, 2020, 06:56 PM
Sep 2020

to post after trump get boat raced! I may suggest deep frying.


(2,970 posts)
10. This is What I've Been Saying to Folks Freaking Out About Trumps Trashing USPS and Mail in Voting
Wed Sep 30, 2020, 07:15 PM
Sep 2020

I had a feeling something like this would happen. The law of unintended consequences.


(1,351 posts)
11. Meanwhile DeSantis opens up Florida
Wed Sep 30, 2020, 07:16 PM
Sep 2020

Which could lead to an explosion in COVID cases and further lower turnout of older voters who tend to be more conservative.

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