GOP pollster says Trump should win Pennsylvania to have an opportunity at beating Biden


Longtime Republican pollster Frank Luntz advised CNBC on Wednesday that President Donald Trump must win Pennsylvania so as to have an opportunity at defeating Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Luntz’s feedback on “Squawk Box” come as the result of Tuesday’s election nonetheless hangs within the steadiness, with neither candidate having earned the required 270 electoral votes to win the presidential race, in keeping with NBC Information. Biden at the moment has 224 electoral votes in comparison with Trump’s 213, NBC Information reviews.

“Donald Trump should win Pennsylvania if he is to get to 270,” Luntz stated. Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes. Whereas Trump at the moment holds a lead within the Keystone State, NBC Information considers the race too early to name as a major variety of mail-in votes stay uncounted. Luntz stated he believes these mail-in votes will favor Biden closely.

“I consider when all of the votes are counted, that is going to be lifeless even, which is why it’ll take at the least the subsequent six hours and as a lot as one other 24 hours earlier than we all know who’s the winner,” Luntz added. “It should be so shut in Pennsylvania that it might require a state recount.”

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Underlying Luntz’s forecast is his assumption that Trump wins Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, in addition to North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes. The opposite facet of Luntz’s assumptions are that Biden wins Arizona’s 11 electoral votes and Nevada’s 6 electoral votes. NBC Information has not made any projections in these races.

That then leaves a trio of key bricks within the so-called “blue wall” that Trump received in upset style in 2016: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

“The three essential states, and Donald Trump must win two of them, at this level, are Pennsylvania, the place he has a transparent lead, and Michigan and Wisconsin, the place it is going to be rather more troublesome for him,” Luntz stated.

Luntz believes Biden is in additional favorable positions in Wisconsin and Michigan, which have 10 and 16 electoral votes, respectively. NBC Information has not made a projection in both Michigan or Wisconsin.

“We might have a scenario I feel the most definitely end result — is that whoever wins, wins with lower than 280 electoral votes, which implies they’re just one state away on both facet,” Luntz added.

Earlier Wednesday morning, Trump falsely claimed he had received the presidential election, regardless of the very fact thousands and thousands of legally solid ballots had but to be counted on the time of his remarks. Chatting with a room of supporters from the White Home, Trump additionally threatened authorized motion, saying that “we would like all voting to cease.” All polls in U.S. states had, in reality, been closed on the time.

The Biden marketing campaign pushed again vigorously on Trump’s remarks, with marketing campaign supervisor Jen O’Malley Dillon calling them “outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect.”

“If the president makes good on his menace to go to courtroom to attempt to forestall the correct tabulation of votes, we have now authorized groups standing by able to deploy to withstand that effort. And they’re going to prevail,” she added in a written assertion.

Earlier than Trump spoke, Biden urged endurance, saying, “it’s not over until every vote is counted.”