The presidential race continues to tighten in the must-win state of Pennsylvania, a new poll has found, with President Trump making gains in swing counties in the final days of the election.
According to the Monmouth University Poll released Monday, Democratic challenger Joe Biden now has a seven-point lead in a “high turnout model” — down from the 11-point lead he enjoyed over the commander-in-chief just last month.
In a “low turnout model,” where a large number of ballots are rejected, the former veep leads Trump by five points, down from eight points in October immediately following the first presidential debate in Cleveland.
The Keystone State and its 20 electoral votes may decide the outcome of the 2020 race and both campaigns are making frenzied stops throughout the commonwealth on Election Day Eve.
Biden will close his campaign with a Pittsburgh rally starring singer Lady Gaga.
According to the Monmouth University Poll, the race has tightened in 10 swing counties that run from the west of Philadelphia.
“Northeast Pennsylvania and other swing areas of the state are as hotly contested as they were four years ago,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
“Even without an advantage in this region, Biden is able to hold a statewide lead on the back of strong support in core blue areas along with his ability to nibble away at Trump’s margins in deep red areas,” he went on.
Trump won the Rustbelt State by the razor-thin margin of 44,292 votes and pulled off similar victories in Wisconsin and Michigan, leading to his historic upset over Hillary Clinton.
These states, which used to be considered the Democratic Party’s “blue wall” will again hold the keys to the White House in 2020.
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