Joe Biden’s campaign will mount a last-ditch stand in Texas on Friday after the previously deep red state was declared a “toss up” by analysts at the Cook Political Report.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will swing through Fort Worth, McAllen, and Houston just four days out from Election Day, the campaign announced Wednesday after the bipartisan newsletter found Biden was enjoying notable support in the Lone Star State’s metro areas.
Democrats are bullish about their prospects of winning the increasingly purple state for the first time since 1976 and a RealClearPolitics average of polls currently shows President Trump leading Biden by just 2.6 percentage points, well within the margin of error.
Both campaigns have begun frenzied travel to the nation’s battleground states as the 2020 race enters its final week and many polls show Trump and the former veep locked in neck-and-neck races.
On Wednesday, the president will hold two rallies in Arizona where Republicans are engaged in a white knuckle fight to retain John McCain’s old Senate seat.
RCP’s average currently has Biden leading Trump by the razor-thin margin of 2.4 percentage points there.
Meanwhile, the Democratic nominee is keeping up his low-profile schedule, snubbing the trail entirely to address reporters in his home state of Delaware while his running mate does his bidding in Arizona, hosting rallies in Tucson and Phoenix.
The Biden campaign this week fought back claims that they are ignoring key swing states after NBC News’ anchor Chuck Todd pointed out that the president has campaigned more than Biden in North Carolina, Florida and Arizona.
On Thursday, the commander-in-chief will hold a rally in Tampa, Florida and on Friday heads to Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota for another trio of raucous gatherings.
These rust belt states will be do-or-die for Trump’s re-election campaign after he smashed Hillary Clinton’s blue wall and triumphed by just 10,704 votes in Michigan and 22,748 votes in Wisconsin.
Current polling shows Biden comfortably ahead with an 8.7-point and 7.8-point lead in these states, respectively, while Trump trails in Minnesota by 6 points.
As Trump and Harris hit the Grand Canyon State on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence will seek to fortify support in the Midwest with rallies in Mosinee, Wisconsin, and Flint, Michigan.
The Biden-Harris ticket will need to claw back some of these states from Trump on Nov. 3 if they hope to reach the cumulative 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the presidency, although it is unlikely the winner will be called on the night due to an unprecedented level of mail-in ballots amid the pandemic.
Biden headed South on Tuesday in a bid to pry Georgia away from Trump where he has only a 0.4-point lead, while Trump mounted a blitzkrieg in Pennsylvania as he tries to hold onto the Keystone State’s 20 electoral votes.