Did the Democratic convention backfire?
The newest rounds of polling to release over the weekend indicate that President Donald Trump, as opposed to Democrat Joe Biden, has gained in the national and state polls during the Democratic National Convention this week.
Rasmussen rolling approval rating surveys indicate that President Trump’s approval rating shot UP 4% during the first three days of the Democrat convention.
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) August 20, 2020
Another poll of the reliably blue state of Minnesota indicates that President Trump is tied in a dead heat with Joe Biden, with both receiving 47% of the vote in the state. The midwestern state is increasingly on the radar of the President and Trump campaign officials, with many residents of the state tiring of incessant crime, rioting and property destruction in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Another new poll released Thursday(with its survey ending on the first day of the Democrat convention) shows President Trump within a 5.5% margin of error in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania, trailing Biden by four percentage points.
Major party conventions have a tendency to deliver a polling surge for the candidate they intend to highlight. The Republican convention is occurring next week, and it remains to be seen if it’ll have a traditional polling effect on the election for the Republican Party.
The ratings for the Democratic Convention plunged a considerable 48% in comparison to 2016, perhaps suggesting that it was the irrelevance of the event that played to the President’s favor, rather than its content.
Iowa Certifies Republican Congressional Candidate as Winner by SIX VOTES
The closest congressional election in decades.
The Iowa State Board of Canvass voted on Monday to certify a Republican congressional candidate as the winner of an election for the state’s 2nd district, with a recount leaving Mariannette Miller-Meeks up on Democrat Rita Hart by a mere six votes.
The final standing result for the election of Iowa’s 2nd congressional district leaves Miller-Meeks with 196,964 votes, and Hart with 196,568 votes. Miller-Meeks’ margin of victory had stood at 47 votes before a mandatory recount, dwindling to a final lead of a half dozen. The election is slated to become the closes congressional race in the United States since 1984, and the closest in Iowa since 1916.
Hart is expected to legally challenge the vote after Monday’s certification. A GOP victory in the Democrat-leaning swing district would be the 14th Republican pickup this year, significantly eroding the Democrat majority in the House of Representatives.
“While the race is extraordinarily close, I am proud to have won this contest and look forward to being certified as the winner,” said Miller-Meeks, an Iowa State Senator representing Ottumwa on Saturday when declaring victory. “It is the honor of a lifetime to be elected to serve the people of eastern and southern Iowa. Iowans are tenacious, optimistic and hardworking, and I will take those same attributes to Washington, D.C., on their behalf.”
The recount process had proven dramatic, with results of Miller-Meeks’ outstanding lead placed in jeopardy when a recount board identified and counted dozens of absentee ballots that weren’t previously accounted for. It’s likely Hart will litigate in hopes of getting county clerks to count additional ballots that had been ruled unlawful.
As the nation demands answers to allegations of pervasive election misconduct and voter fraud, it’s worth noting that only a handful of ballots can overturn the end result of many local, county, and state elections. Let no illegal ballot infiltrate the final count, and let no legal vote go uncounted.
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