Donald Trump set to make red states ‘blood red’ and expand GOP majority in US election

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Donald Trump has just over a week to secure the backing of undecided voters in key areas of the United States to secure his re-election to the White House. Despite concerns about his health in the aftermath of his coronavirus diagnosis, President Trump has embarked on a series of highly-attended rallies to boost his chances of victory at the US Election 2020. Sarah Elliott, the chairwoman of Republicans Overseas, told the US leader is now focussing on ensuring his hold on red states won in 2016 is strengthened next Tuesday.

Ms Elliott said: “Trump’s strategy is to double down on his base, to make the red counties blood-red in America.

“To bring out more white working-class, to bring out more minorities in the working-class.”

The political commentator suggested Mr Trump is setting himself apart from his main opponent Joe Biden, whose Democratic Party has been counting on the support of coastal states like New York and California, and big cities.

She continued: “He is not interested in the suburbanised and the metropolitan crowds, really. 

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“He is interested in the minority communities in the cities. But to those who are college-educated and up, his message is he doesn’t show his desire to win their vote.

“He’s being Trump, he’s being himself. The fighter, the culture warrior in the fighting ring.”

Despite Mr Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic casting a shadow of doubt on his chances of re-election, former vice-president Biden admitted the president could still pull yet another political upset as he did in the 2016 Presidential Elections. 

Speaking to CBS’s 60 Minutes, Mr Biden said: “I’m one of those folks or competitors, it’s not over till the bell rings.

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“And I feel superstitious when I predict anything other than going to be a hard fight. We feel good about where we are. But, you know, I don’t underestimate how he plays.”

However, President Trump has been seen trailing behind his main opponent by as much as 10 points in several national polls, including in key swing states like Pennsylvania and Florida.

And in traditionally Republican states like Georgia and Texas, the race is expected to be very close – especially after Joe Biden chose to pull the majority of his TV ads across Texas so close to polling day after data showed a spike in early voting compared to four years ago.

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Polls in the southern state have shown Mr Biden leading President Trump by at least three points in the past week.

Texas has not voted for a Democratic candidate since backing Jimmy Carter in 1976 so it remains uncertain whether the state will swing in favour of the former vice-president in the end.

President Trump has continued to campaign undeterred both in person and on social media, warning against the possibility of election fraud as his calls for poll watchers was denied.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “‘A Pennsylvania Appeals Court turns down the Trump Administrations request for Poll Watchers to monitor satellite election offices.’

“How terrible is this? We are just seeking a fair vote count. This can only lead to very bad things. Bad intentions much??? Disgraceful!!!”

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