Donald Trump Is Beating Joe Biden In Swing States He Won Seven Years Ago – Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is ahead of President Joe Biden in two swing states, both of which he won on his path to the presidency in 2016.
Former president Trump leads his Democratic adversary in Arizona and Georgia, two states where he beat Hillary Clinton by a 4-5 point margin in each state. In 2020, both states voted for Biden, helping him to reach the White House while the Republican scrambled to “find” votes in Georgia – an act which has since seen him indicted.
Earlier this month, a new Telegraph poll revealed significant leads for the former president, echoing gains in national polls in recent months.
Trump Trumps Biden In States Which Flipped
The new poll from The Telegraph and Redfield & Wilton Strategies showed a five-point margin between Trump and Biden (44-39). The poll, taken between October 7 and 9, also showed the Republican beating the President by a 43-40% margin in Georgia, despite Trump receiving a criminal indictment for alleged election interference in the state.
Georgia and Arizona have 16 electoral votes and 11 respectively. Both have traditionally been considered Republican states, but flipped in 2020 in favor of Biden. However, his margins of victory were slim, beating Trump by 0.3% in Arizona and 0.2% in Georgia.
President Biden is not performing swimmingly elsewhere. The traditional Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania voted for Trump in 2016, providing him with an additional 19 electoral votes. The margin was slim at 0.7%, and the state flipped back to the Democrats in 2020. According to the latest poll, Biden is beating Trump by just 1% in Pennsylvania.
Michigan is also leaning towards Trump’s favor. Again, the state is traditionally a blue one, but voted for the Republican candidate seven years ago. Biden regained the state for the Democrats with a margin of 2.8%, but the latest poll indicates another close result like 2016 where Trump won by 0.2%. The two likely nominees are tied with 41% of support each.
The former president is leading the current one by five points in his home state of Florida, with a similar advantage in North Carolina. Both states voted for Trump in both of his election campaigns so far.
In all six of the aforementioned swing states, Biden holds a net negative approval rating from around 4-9%. However, his fortunes may be changing after a recent survey found that Biden has an overall positive approval rating by a singular point (49-48). This mark’s a significant switch for a president who has largely been disapproved since August 2021.
Biden’s age has been a source of constant speculation, and around two-thirds of respondents in each swing state agreed he is too old for a second term as he approaches 81. However, a majority of voters also felt the same about Trump, except for Florida.
Shay Bottomley is a British journalist based in Canada. He has written for the Western Standard, Maidenhead Advertiser, Slough Express, Windsor Express, Berkshire Live and Southend Echo, and has covered notable events including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.