Polls: Trump, Bi­den in tight races in Florida, Arizona

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD - By Scott Cle­ment, Dan Balz and Emily Guskin

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den are locked in close races in Florida and Arizona, ac­cord­ing to a pair of Wash­ing­ton PostABC News polls in two Sun Belt bat­tle­grounds the pres­i­dent won in 2016 that are cru­cial to his hopes for re­elec­tion in Novem­ber.

In Florida, likely vot­ers split 51 per­cent for Trump to 47 per­cent for Bi­den, while reg­is­tered vot­ers split 47 per­cent for Trump to 48 per­cent for Bi­den. In Arizona, Trump’s mar­gin is even smaller at 49 per­cent to Bi­den’s 48 per­cent among likely vot­ers.

Among Arizona’s reg­is­tered vot­ers, Trump is at 47 per­cent and Bi­den at 49 per­cent. All these dif­fer­ences are within the polls’ mar­gins of sam­pling er­ror.

The find­ings in the two sur­veys are bet­ter for the pres­i­dent than other polls con­ducted in the two states re­cently by other or­ga­ni­za­tions. The Post’s av­er­age of polls this month shows Bi­den with a 2-point ad­van­tage in Florida and a 6-point mar­gin in Arizona.

Over­all, the sur­veys il­lus­trate that the na­tional econ­omy, de­spite its weak­ened state, re­mains Trump’s strong­est is­sue, and it is help­ing him over­come vot­ers’ dis­ap­proval of his han­dling of the coro­n­avirus out­break.

The poll also shows a close Se­nate race in Arizona, with Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Mark Kelly at 49 per­cent to Repub­li­can Sen. Martha McSally’s 48 per­cent among likely vot­ers.

Kelly has a 5-point edge among reg­is­tered vot­ers, 50 per­cent to 45 per­cent. There ap­pear to be few cross­over vot­ers, with only 4 per­cent of likely vot­ers who back Trump or Bi­den in­di­cat­ing they would flip to the op­po­site party in the Se­nate race.

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