Swing States to decide 2020 presidential election


Polls lean Democrat, yet battleground states decide the election. “Early 2020 US Presidential Election prediction” by Wordshore is licensed with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Emma Gamanho, Ranger Review Reporter

As November 3rd approaches, tensions grow higher as the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election becomes more and more uncertain. 

As of November 1st, Biden currently leads the national polls at 52% with Trump at 43.5%. While he is ahead nationally, Biden’s victory is not guaranteed concerning the electoral college. Like Clinton in 2016’s Presidential Election, Biden could still fall behind. 

First mentioned in 1936 by the New York Times, swing states are the most prevalent factor to the outcome of the 2020 election. Current swing states―Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Wisonson― are going to decide the outcome of this election.
Currently, Trump leads the polls in both Texas and Ohio while Biden is leading the rest of the swing states except for Pennsylvania. Similar to the election in 2016, Pennsylvania will be a significant deciding factor in the outcome of the election.

Due to the increase in mail-in votes this election per COVID-19, it will take longer to count votes and get a relatively accurate prediction on election results. On October 28th, the Supreme Court allowed for absentee votes to be accepted following election day. It may take longer than usual for the final results of the election.

While online registration to vote in Colorado ended on October 26th, registration is still open to in-person voters on election day. Polling locations open for drop-off as well as election day in-person voting include Pikes Peak Community College, the Family of Christ Lutheran Church, and Monument Town Hall.