Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign

MSN | 8/10/2016 | Nate Cohn
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© AP Photo/Evan Vucci In this Aug. 10, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a coal mining roundtable at Fitzgerald Peterbilt in Glade Spring, Va.

President Trump’s approval ratings are under water in national polls. His position for re-election, on the other hand, might not be quite so bleak.

Advantage - Electoral - College - Vote - Analysis

His advantage in the Electoral College, relative to the national popular vote, may be even larger than it was in 2016, according to an Upshot analysis of election results and polling data.

That persistent edge leaves him closer to re-election than one would think based on national polls, and it might blunt any electoral cost of actions like his recent tweets attacking four minority congresswomen.

Working-class - Rust - Belt - States - Election

For now, the mostly white working-class Rust Belt states, decisive in the 2016 election, remain at the center of the electoral map, based on our estimates. The Democrats have few obviously promising alternative paths to win without these battleground states. The president’s approval ratings remain higher in the Sun Belt battlegrounds than in the Rust Belt, despite Democratic hopes of a breakthrough.

The president’s views on immigration and trade play relatively well in the Northern battlegrounds, including among the pivotal Obama-Trump voters.

Signs - Voters - Presidency - Polling - Reason

There are signs that some of these voters have soured on his presidency, based on recent polling. There is also reason to think that white working-class voters who supported Mr. Trump were relatively likely to stay home in last November’s midterm elections.

A strategy rooted in racial polarization could at once energize parts of the president’s base and rebuild support among wavering white working-class voters. Many of these voters backed Mr. Trump in the first place in part because of his views on hot-button issues, including on immigration and race.

President - Advantage - Electoral - College - Favorite

Alone, the president’s relative advantage in the Electoral College does not necessarily make him a favorite to win. His...
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