Here is a summary of the top 5 moderate/conservative headlines making news today.
1. Trump puts Iowa out of range for Democrats
For most of the campaign, Democrats thought that Iowa, a state that voted for Donald Trump in 2016, had a chance to go blue on election night. The “Hawkeye” state and the six electoral votes that come with it could seal the race for Joe Biden should he win it. In recent days, however, polling has indicated that the state is slipping out of Biden’s reach.
A poll from Saturday showed that Trump leads Biden in Iowa by roughly seven points, almost exactly the same margin that Trump held at this point in 2016. The poll indicated that despite media reports, Trump’s base of white men without a college degree are sticking by him in the re-election effort.
The only downside for the Trump campaign in Iowa is that the poll was taken while millions of Iowans have already voted. The sudden lurch toward Trump may not be enough to offset a large count of individuals that already voted.
Regardless, the campaign can be pleased with the news that Trump’s political base is still supporting him.
b. Trump pulls ahead in final Iowa Poll before Election Day – Iowa’s News Now
2. Confident Trump will announce victory election night
According to reports, if Trump holds a lead in voting on election night he will declare victory despite all the votes not being counted. Apparently he plans to announce his victory as his campaign thinks that his anticipated lead (before all the mail in ballots are counted) will hold.
The Trump campaign has repeatedly stated that they want all the votes to be counted by election day (despite this not being possible given the circumstances). Most pollsters expect that Trump will have a large lead from in person voters by election night but that the mail in ballots (which may swing Democrat) could tip the race against Trump after they are all counted.
This plan by Trump seems to underlie a confidence set by his campaign that they will ultimately be victorious. The Biden campaign did not appreciate Trump’s plans.
“My response is the president is not going to steal this election,” Biden told reporters before leaving an event for Rep. Brendan Boyle’s (D-Pa.) reelection campaign in Philadelphia.
The Trump campaign has denied this assertion. The story is developing.
3. A surging economy may save Trump’s re-election chances
Donald Trump has repeatedly said that had the COVID-19 pandemic not decimated the economy that he would well be on his way to re-election. The pandemic and the subsequent economic collapse have complicated his election odds, however a new economic report may give his campaign the final boost that it needs.
A recent report by the U.S. Commerce Department noted that in the third quarter of 2020 the American economy rebounded sharply, adding roughly 3.8 million new jobs and the nation’s gross domestic product increased by an astounding 33%.
Trump administration economic advisor Stephen Moore touted the strong economic numbers and believe that they will be enough to swing the election to Trump in the final days of the campaign.
“In the 35 years I’ve been in this business, I’ve never seen an economic report as good as the one we saw on Thursday,” Moore said. “I happen to think it’s a game changer. I think that it’s going to sway almost all undecided voters into Trump’s camp.”
The economic numbers may be enough to convince some of the undecided voters to vote for Trump, however, Democrats believe it is too little too late as millions of voters already have cast their ballot.
4. In closing days, Trump holds massive rally in must win Pennsylvania
It has been said over and over during this presidential race, whoever wins Pennsylvania will win the White House. In the last days of the campaign both Trump and Biden are holding numerous events in the swing state in an effort to boost turnout amongst their respective bases. However, in rural Butler County Pennsylvania Donald Trump recently held a rally that could have registered on the richter scale.
On Halloween, “a sea of people” flocked to see Trump speak. According to the campaign, roughly 57,000 people attended the event that was held outside. The Trump campaign was eager to point out the difference between their event and Joe Biden’s sparsely attended (due to adhering to COVID-19 restrictions) events in the state.
In a jab at Biden’s economic stances, the Trump event featured a hydraulic fracking well in an effort to boost voters that rely on fossil fuel industries for their jobs.
Pennsylvania and it’s twenty electoral votes will likely not be decided on election night due to the need to count mail in ballots.
5. Pennsylvania paper endorses Trump, first Republican endorsement for president in decades
One of the largest newspapers in the state of Pennsylvania announced over the weekend that it would be endorsing Trump in his bid for president. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a paper that has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1972 threw their full support behind Trump in an endorsement that might win over some undecided voters in such a crucial state.
The paper, which endorsed Barack Obama in 2008, ended up supporting Trump due to the strong economy that presided over the majority of his term.
“Under Donald Trump the economy, pre-COVID, boomed, like no time since the 1950s. Look at your 401(k) over the past three years. Unemployment for Black Americans is lower than it has ever been, under any president of either party. Under Mr. Trump, our trade relationships have vastly improved and our trade deals have been rewritten. Thanks to him, middle America is on the map again and the Appalachian and hourly worker has some hope.”
Southwestern Pennsylvania has gotten more conservative in recent years and this may be an attempt to please readers. Nevertheless, this is a major endorsement score in a must-win state.