Pennsylvania is shaping up to be the most important state in the 2020 presidential election, writes Nathaniel Rakich for the FiveThirtyEight.
According to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential forecast, Pennsylvania is the likeliest state to give either of the presidential candidates with the decisive vote in the Electoral College with a 31 percent chance of being the tipping-point state.
The Keystone State gives Trump an 84 percent chance of winning if he takes Pennsylvania and gives Biden a 96 percent chance of winning if he turns the state blue.
Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016 by 0.7 percentage points. He achieved this by accelerating the move by non-Hispanic white people without bachelor’s degrees – who make up 55 percent of the state’s population age 25 and older – to the Republican Party.
Since then, Democrats have been gaining ground in the affluent counties around Philadelphia. The four “collar counties,” including Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Bucks, voted for Clinton in 2016 by 14 points, up from 10 points in 2012 for Obama.
As of now, the FiveThirtyEight polling average in Pennsylvania shows Biden is leading by 4.9 points.
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