USA: The key swing states of 2020

Source: Washington Post

Analysis • By David Weigel and maps by Lauren Tierney

It takes at least 270 electoral college votes to win the U.S. presidency and if Democrats want to elect Joe Biden, the only way to hit that number is by beating President Trump in some of the same states he won in 2016.

But 2020 is not 2016. Click on a state below to see how demographic shifts and electoral trends have turned once reliably red states (and blue states) into swing states. 

Looking for insights on all 50 states? Check out our 50 political states of America analysis.

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  1. (CNN)Joe Biden’s advantage over President Donald Trump has expanded and the former vice president now holds his widest lead of the cycle with less than a month remaining before Election Day, according to a new nationwide CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.

    Among likely voters, 57% say they back Biden and 41% Trump in the poll that was conducted entirely after the first debate and mostly after the President’s coronavirus infection was made public.
    Regardless of Biden’s national lead, the race for the White House will ultimately come down to a handful of swing states that will drive the outcome in the Electoral College. The former vice president leads in several of those critical battlegrounds, but by more narrow margins than his national advantage. A poll is not a prediction of how the election will ultimately turn out but instead is a snapshot of the race as it currently stands.

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