US election 2020-The 10 battleground states to watch on election night

Florida,Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona,Pennsylvania, North carolina and Ohio are crucial to clinch presidency  


There are 10 states to watch on election night. The Voters in these states are going to decide the presidency. As in 2016, Trump won the presidency in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and florida states. 
Joe Biden maintained a solid lead of around 10% in the national polls throughout the campaign. He might finish with having more popular votes than Hillary clinton in 2016 and defeat Trump with even bigger margin than Clinton did. But it is not a guarantee to Whitehouse. 
The magic figure of 270 electoral college votes are needed to win the presidency. 
So here are the ten states need to watch tonight. These ten states have 147 electoral votes in total. the most crucial electoral votes to clinch the presidency. 

Florida — 29 electoral votes

This state is among the tied up states. No candidate has a clear advantage. A very close contest is going on in Florida. All eyes are on Florida, a swing state known for razor-thin election tallies. It is a must win state for Trump.

 If Trump doesn’t win Florida, he’s going to have a rough time capturing enough states to stay in office. If Biden doesn’t win the state, he still has other pathways to victory.

Don’t put the state in either candidate’s win column too early. After the polls close, Florida election officials are expected to announce the results of millions of mail-in ballots cast early. If more Democrats voted in advance, it could make it look like Biden is winning. It’s important to keep watching as ballots cast on Election Day trickle in.

The remaining votes might heavily favor Trump and allow him to eke out a win just as he did in 2016. Moreover, polls close an hour later in Florida’s Panhandle, which is a Republican stronghold.

Pennsylvania — 20 electoral votes

Joe Biden has a slight advantage in this crucial state. The election might be decided by either Florida and Pennsylvania.  Trump won the long-running Democratic state of Pennsylvania in 2016 by a little more than 1 percentage point. Biden has had a slight advantage in most polls, while some suggest Trump remains positioned to capture the state again.

Trump’s hopes of winning the state boosted after Biden, in a presidential debate, called for phasing out fossil fuels. That created an opportunity for Trump in a state with a robust natural gas industry.

Biden, who was born in Scranton, claims some favorite-son status in the state, and he’s traveled there a lot during the campaign from his home in nearby Delaware.

Ohio — 18 electoral votes

Trump glided to victory in Ohio in 2016 by 8 percentage points, but recent polls show this year’s presidential race tightening in the Buckeye State. Trump’s support in key suburbs has eroded, and he has worked to keep a hold of the near-historic margins he earned from voters in rural areas of the state in 2016.

As early voting began in the state, Biden expanded his ad buys into every corner of Ohio. Biden’s push into traditionally Republican areas signaled his campaign’s hope that the state could be within his grasp. Biden also added a last minute campaign stop Monday in Cleveland, which his campaign hopes will juice turnout for him.

Georgia — 16 electoral votes

Georgia, long a GOP stronghold, hasn’t gone for a Democratic presidential candidate since the 1992 when Bill Clinton flipped this state, but parts of the state are leaning Democratic. Trump easily won the state by 5 percentage points in 2016, but Biden maintains he has a shot and made campaign stops in Georgia during the final week of the campaign.

Michigan — 16 electoral votes

Biden has lead of 8 percentage points in this key battleground state. Michigan was long considered a Democratic stronghold in presidential contests. But Trump won it by less than 11,000 votes in 2016 with support from working-class voters and a boost from Hillary Clinton’s poor showing with Black voters in Detroit.

Biden has teamed up with former President Barack Obama to campaign in Flint and Detroit, predominantly Black cities where strong turnout will be essential to putting the state in Biden’s win column.

Trump isn’t ceding Michigan to Biden. In his campaign visits, Trump argued that he has promoted trade policies that have benefited Michigan’s auto industry, while pillorying the state’s Democratic governor over restrictions she has implemented to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

North Carolina — 15 electoral votes

Joe Biden has an advantage in the opinion polls. Trump won it in 2016. Mecklenburg and Wake counties are the most populous in the Tar Heel State and will play a decisive role in the presidential race, a Senate race and the governor’s contest.

Arizona — 11 electoral votes

Arizona has a long political history of going Republican. It’s the home state of Barry Goldwater, a five-term conservative senator who was the Republican nominee for president in 1964. Trump won Arizona in 2016, but it is no longer an ironclad GOP stalwart.

A fast-growing Latino population — politically activated during the last decade by anti-immigrant legislation — plus explosive growth among suburbanites skeptical of Trump has energised Democrats.

Wisconsin — 10 electoral votes

Biden has an advantage in this state. Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016. To win it again, he needs to perform well outside the urban areas of Milwaukee and Madison. His record on handling the coronavirus pandemic is at the forefront in many voters' minds as cases of the virus spike in Wisconsin.

Biden is expected to win urban areas, and recent polling suggests Trump is not doing as well as he did in 2016 in GOP-leaning suburbs around Milwaukee. Those are key areas for successful Republican campaigns in the state. It’s unclear whether Trump can lure enough votes in the more rural areas to offset Biden strongholds in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay.

Iowa — Six electoral votes

This is a must win state for Trump. Trump won Iowa handily in 2016, yet the public health and economic crises resulting from the coronavirus pandemic are part of why Democrats think they have a chance. Iowa is not a must-win for Biden. A loss for the president would significantly narrow his path to reelection.

Nevada — Six electoral votes

Trump narrowly lost Nevada in 2016 as the state has trended toward the Democrats in the past decade, but the president thinks he can flip it.

Trump’s campaign has invested heavily in the state and is relying on its ground game to turn out voters. Democrats, by contrast, have largely relied on virtual campaign efforts during the pandemic, save for the casino workers' Culinary Union, which has sent workers door-to-door.

                                                                Khalid Bhatti 

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