Former Vice President Joe Biden’s final days of deliberations over his running mate boil down to a choice between a potential electoral knock-out punch and selecting the most qualified person to take over as president.
After weeks of plummeting poll numbers fuelled by stumbles handling the coronavirus and a hardline response to ongoing protests over perceived racial injustice – and appearing to again stoke racial tensions – Donald Trump got more bad news on Monday morning. He trails Mr Biden 51 per cent to 44 per cent in North Carolina, according to a new survey conducted by NBC News and Marist College.
Mr Trump won the Tar Heel State by 3.6 percentage points in 2016, but the 10.6-point swing, according to the new poll, shows how voters there – like in other swing states – have soured on the president. Mr Biden has similar leads in Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; the president won all three in 2016. Nationally, the former vice president leads Mr Trump by 9.1 percentage points, according to an average of polls tabulated by RealClearPolitics.
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