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Wed Sep 30, 2020, 05:46 PM Sep 2020
Early Voting Suggests Biden is Going to Annihilate Trump, and the GOP is Soiling Itself [View all]The presidents attacks on mail-in voting are backfiring spectacularly.
BY BESS LEVIN
SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
If youve turned on a TV, radio, phone, or computer in the last several months, odds are youve heard Donald Trump ranting about how mail-in voting is rife with fraud. Obviously hes taking this approach not because he actually thinks thats the casehe and the first lady requested mail-in ballots to vote in Floridas primarybut because hes trying to sow fear in the system and undermine the election. And so far, its 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 theyd 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 numbersand said they are working feverishly to reverse the trend with a last-minute press with voters. Its 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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Early Voting Suggests Biden is Going to Annihilate Trump, and the GOP is Soiling Itself [View all] catbyte Sep 2020 OP
You reap what you sow. Claustrum Sep 2020 #1
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Initech Sep 2020 #6
I keep hearing that Americans have short memories so I don't know how long Trump stink lasts Claustrum Sep 2020 #8
Welcome to the party. And the Party! better Sep 2020 #12
So.....I wonder what the numbers ARE in North Carolina ? donkeypoofed Sep 2020 #2
I want to write up a fake PSA warning that shit should be thoroughly cooked before eating, brewens Sep 2020 #3
@realDonaldTrump - you're fired! Initech Sep 2020 #4
Karma isn't always instant, but notorious persistent/consistent. And unemotional. n/t Guilded Lilly Sep 2020 #5
No kidding. catbyte Sep 2020 #7
That's my gif to share for the day! Many thanks! Guilded Lilly Sep 2020 #9
This is What I've Been Saying to Folks Freaking Out About Trumps Trashing USPS and Mail in Voting Skraxx Sep 2020 #10
Meanwhile DeSantis opens up Florida crimycarny Sep 2020 #11