Biden is set to visit Georgia and Iowa this week, while his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, travels Friday to Texas — all states Trump won handily in 2016.
Trump’s campaign, meanwhile, is narrowing its focus. It is largely ignoring the Biden team’s bids for states like Georgia, Texas and Ohio, where Biden has made a late advertising push — a result of the reality that Trump cannot keep pace with the better-funded Biden’s spending.
With so many states to defend, Trump’s campaign is banking on those states’ electorates being Republican enough that he can win them with limited effort. Instead, Trump is focusing his efforts on seven states he won four years ago, as well as Minnesota and Nevada, which he hopes to flip this time around.
The travel schedules and ad spending in the race’s final week underscores the reality that Biden’s campaign is competing on a much larger playing field than Trump — one that includes states where a strong Biden performance could also help deliver Democratic victories in key House and Senate races.
There are six states that Democratic and Republican operatives believe are most likely to push the winner past 270 electoral votes: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump won all six in 2016, but recent non-partisan public polls show Biden either leading or within the margin of error in all of them.
In the final days, Biden’s campaign hasn’t lost sight of its most important targets: the three “blue wall” states Trump toppled in 2016 — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Hillary Clinton was criticized in 2016 for failing to focus enough on Wisconsin and Michigan, in particular, in the race’s closing weeks. Biden plans to travel to Wisconsin on Friday and Michigan on Saturday. Biden on Monday greeted supporters in Chester, Pennsylvania.
“The blue wall has to be re-established,” Biden told reporters Monday in Pennsylvania.
Biden campaign makes late play for Georgia and Iowa
A Biden aide said Monday that the campaign travel is focused primarily on keeping open as many possible paths to 270 electoral votes as possible.
Biden is set to travel Tuesday to Warm Springs, Georgia — the home of what was once known as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Little White House” — to deliver what a campaign aide said would be a closing argument that draws parallels between the Great Depression that Roosevelt faced and today’s dire economic straits.
Georgia voters are deciding two Senate races this year, which are both potentially crucial in the battle for party control of the chamber.
On Friday, Biden and Harris are visiting two more states that in 2016 weren’t as seriously contested: Biden will travel to Iowa, where Democrat Theresa Greenfield has mounted a stiff challenge against Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, while Harris makes a trip to Texas — a state with several competitive congressional races, and where Democrats’ bid to win a majority in the state House could lay the groundwork for flipping more congressional seats after next year’s redistricting process.
The trips aren’t the sort of all-in effort that some Democrats in Texas and…