Democratic Pa. AG predicts Trump will lose before votes are counted

Election remains extremely close in the battleground state with polls showing Biden with a narrow lead!

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, found himself in hot water on social media after claiming that President Trump has lost the ability to win the battleground state, just over 24 hours before the polls close on Election Day.

“If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose,” Shapiro wrote on Twitter. “That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process.”

“For the record, he’s 0-6 against us in court,” the attorney general added. “We’ve protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise—vote!”

Polling figures coming out of Pennsylvania, a battleground state with 20 electoral votes, are showing Democratic nominee Joe Biden with a narrow 2.9 percent lead over Trump — but the polling is well within the four point margin of error.

Trump won Pennsylvania by a slim margin of .7 percent in 2016, despite the polls having showed Hillary Clinton with a larger lead than Biden one day before the general election.

FiveThirtyEight showed Clinton with a 3.8 percent advantage over Trump in the Keystone State the day before the last presidential election.

Angered social media users were quick to jump on Shapiro’s comments, pointing to what they viewed as hypocrisy in the system coming from a leading legal figure in Pennsylvania.

“[S]uffice to say if a Republican Attorney General of a swing state took the position that it was impossible for Joe Biden to win a legitimate election in their state, the Democratic freakout would be *massive*,” Logan Dobson, a Republican pollster, said on Twitter.

“[I]t seems highly unethical for the top law enforcement officer in one of the most important states to call the election before Election Day,” Conservative CNN contributor, Scott Jennings, tweeted. “This guy is the AG!”

The attorney general’s tweet followed Trump’s comments on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania over the weekend, where he again attempted to disseminate doubt in the minds of voters over the validity of mail-in voting and the likelihood of fraud in the upcoming election.

“You wait and very bad things can happen with ballots,” he told a crowd in Butler, Pa.

Several states have extended the ballot deadline to assist voters in returning their ballots, in order to allow for mail delays caused by the pandemic – including Pennsylvania, which has granted a three day extension. Despite Trump’s comments, there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud resulting from mail-in ballots.

Various other swing states have granted similar extensions including Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Both candidates held events in the Keystone State over the weekend!

A poll of Pennsylvania voters released Monday found that Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump in the key battleground state has shrunk in the final days of the race.

The Monmouth University Poll gives Biden a seven-point lead (51-44) in a “high turnout model” and a five-point lead in a low turnout (50-45) model — in which a large number of mail-in ballots are rejected. That’s down from a similar poll a month ago, which gave Biden an 11-point lead in a high turnout scenario and an eight-point lead in the low turnout.

In the poll released Monday, among all registered voters, 50% support Biden and 45% back Trump. Also, 1% support Libertarian Jo Jorgensen and 4% are undecided or won’t reveal their vote.

“All eyes have been on the Keystone State from the start. Pennsylvania voters may have responded more than most to key events, such as the conventions and the debates. This potential for movement is one reason why both campaigns have spent so much time there,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

The poll found Trump had edges on two issues: protecting jobs, and law and order. Biden held a major advantage on handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The poll found that there had been movement in 10 swing counties in the state. Voters in those counties gave Biden a 53-42 edge last month but now go for Trump, 49-45.

The state, with its 20 electoral votes, is seen as likely to decide the election by many analysts. FiveThirtyEight founder and pollster Nate Silver said on Sunday that Biden becomes the “underdog” if Trump wins the state. Both candidates held events in the Keystone State over the weekend and had planned appearances there Monday.

The poll comes after a New York Times/Siena College poll released Sunday that has Biden leading Trump by six points in Pennsylvania, as well as a number of other key swing states.

A Fox News poll in October found Biden with a five-point lead in Pennsylvania, which was within the poll’s margin of error, and was an increase in standing for Trump from its prior poll.

The Monmouth poll was conducted by telephone from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 among 502 registered voters. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.4 points.

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