July 26 ,2020 - Today marks 100 days to the November 3 , 2020 election day. On that day the question of whether President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden wins may or may not be settled. Due to Covid 19 the increase in mail in and absentee ballots will be in numbers that local election boards across have never seen. It could be days before some states are called. Until then , here is where the race for the White House stands.
Currently an average of polls has Biden with 49.9% to 41.9% for Trump. An 8 point lead for Biden. In an average of 4 battleground states Biden has leads of 7.8% in Michigan , 6.8% in Pennsylvania , 7.1% in Wisconsin and 3.3% in Arizona.
Even in a strange election year with little in person campaigning , 5 important events are still set to take place. First Biden is expected in early August to announce his vice presidential running mate , a decision which will bring much media interest. For Trump , he already has Vice President Mike Pence , but could there be a last minute switch is anybody's guess.
Next up will be the convention speeches for both Trump and Biden. Currently Biden is scheduled to travel to Milwaukee , Wisconsin for an extremely scaled down convention and deliver his speech. Trump had planned to deliver his acceptance speech in Jacksonville , Florida but that was scrapped this week due to increased Covid 19 cases in that city. Trump could give his speech at the origin convention site of Charlotte , North Carolina , but that has yet to be determined.
Finally there will be perhaps three presidential debates and maybe one vice presidential debate. Are these debates in front of a live audience or in a TV studio with limited personal has not been determined. Why there are many questions to be answered , one thing sure is that these final 100 days will be unlike anything ever seen in presidential politics.
June 6 , 2020 - After a lifetime in politics and a third bid for the White House , Joe Biden has secured enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president. During a primary season that has seen many states primaries postponed and rescheduled due to Covid 19 , Biden secured the nomination after the Democratic primary in Guam gave him the final few delegates he needed to cross the 1,991 required delegate threshold.
Following his victory Biden said "It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded , and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party. I am going to spend every day between now and November 3rd fighting to earn the votes of Americans all across this country so that , together , we can win the battle for the soul of this nation , and make sure that as we rebuild our economy , everyone comes along."
Biden will formally accept the presidential nomination in Milwaukee , Wisconsin at the Democratic National Convention which begins on Monday August 17 ,2020.
April 8 , 2020 - Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has ended his run for the Democratic nomination for president. Having also run in 2016 for president , this brings to an end Sanders 5 years quest to become President of the United States.
In an online address to supporters , Sanders said "I wish I could give you better news , but I think you know the truth , and this is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden , and the path toward victory is virtually impossible. So while we are winning the ideological battle and while we are winning the support of so many young people and working people though out the country , I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful. And so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign."
With Sanders exit , former Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive 2020 nominee of the Democratic Party. In a salute to Senator Sanders lets take a look at the history of his candidacy in campaign buttons.
April 2 2020 - Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis the Democratic National Convention has moved from mid July to mid August. The DNC will now open on Monday August 17 , 2020 in Milwaukee , Wisconsin. The Republican National Convention will begin one week later on Monday August 24 , 2020 in Charlotte , North Carolina.
The campaigns of both former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders were consulted by Democratic Party officials in making the move.
March 30 , 2020 - The contest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has just about ground to halt as the Covid 19 outbreak has affected all aspects of American life. Because social distancing guidelines have closed movie theaters , restaurants , stadiums , city parks and even beaches the idea of a campaign rally has also been suspended.
As far as the Democratic presidential race is concerned former Vice President Joe Biden stands at 1,217 of the 1,991 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Biden's last remaining competitor Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont stands at 914 delegates. A current average of national polling on the race shows Biden leading with 51% followed by Sanders with 32.5%.
Because many of the remaining states that have yet to hold their primaries have rescheduled them due to Covid 19 , June 2 , 2020 is looking as the date that the the race for the nomination will finally be settled.
On June 2 , the states of Pennsylvania , Indiana , New Mexico , Maryland , South Dakota , Delaware , New Jersey , Connecticut , Rhode Island , Montana and the District of Columbia will finally have their say. June 2 is looking to be Super Tuesday Part II.