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Joe Biden’s campaign is urging its supporters to remain unhappy in the final weeks of the presidential race, even as polls suggest the former vice president is still ahead of President Trump in several major swing states.
“The very sad truth is that Donald Trump can still win this race, and every indication we have is that this thing will end with wires,” Biden campaign manager Gene O’Malley Dillon wrote in a note to his supporters on Saturday. .
“The truth is that this race is much closer than some of the experts we see on Twitter and on television might suggest,” O’Malley Dillon wrote. “In the major battlefield states where these elections will be decided, we remain in contact with Donald Trump.”
Campaigns often have an incentive to keep supporters invested in the race. In fact, it was the polls – as well as some experts – that put Biden at the fore.
In another NPR /PBS NewsHour/ Marist PollBiden, published Thursday, is 54% ahead of Trump, versus 43% nationally among potential voters.
The Democratic candidate leads by several percentage points in critical states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to Real clear policy Polling averages – with smaller margins in places like Florida and North Carolina.
Biden campaigned in Durham, North Carolina on Sunday, urging supporters who gathered at an auto event to vote and indicated that Early voting period It started Thursday.
Meanwhile, Trump had a busy weekend. Stop by in Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday, before heading west. He visited a church in Las Vegas on Sunday morning, then organized a march in Carson City, Nevada, on Sunday evening. On Monday he heads to Arizona.
In her memo, O’Malley Dillon referred to 2016, when Trump won the Electoral College (despite losing the popular vote), even though polls had Hillary Clinton the preferred candidate.
“If we learn anything from 2016, it is that we cannot underestimate Donald Trump or his ability to forge his way back into competition in the final days of the campaign,” she wrote.
She pointed to the recent injection of millions of dollars into committees of pro-Trump political experts, saying that they could “easily wipe out our financial advantage with the stroke of a pen.”
She was probably referring to $ 75 million in cash To maintain America PAC by casino mogul and billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam.
Although Trump He started his election campaign Thanks to a significant financial advantage, Biden and his allies have made record profits every month since the summer.
Last week, the Biden campaign announced that it originated with allied democratic groups $ 383 million in September alone.
His campaign says it currently has $ 432 million on hand and it has already been done Spending Trump made $ 240 million in TV ads in six major states.
In the memo, O’Malley Dillon said the campaign expects to raise another $ 234 million before November 3.
She wrote that the campaign is investing more than $ 100 million in organizing on the ground, with nearly 3,500 employees in key states.
The Biden operation had previously avoided using canvases personally for several months, due to concerns about the pandemic, before Reverse its decision Early this month.