Joe Biden and the Democrats are increasingly confident of being able to secure the vote of Arizona in the upcoming election, a typically ‘red’ state.
The government’s reactions throughout the coronavirus pandemic and a struggling economy means that President Trump has seen his approval rating consistently drop over the last few months. It is now strongly believed by Democrats that young and minority voters in the state will mean that Biden will take victory over Trump.
Arizona has traditionally always been a state that Republican candidates could rely on. Two of the best-known senators to come out of the state, Barry Goldwater and John McCain, were previously Republican nominees for the presidency, while just one Democratic presidential candidate has won the state in over 70 years.
Now, however, Democrats are confident that Biden has a greater chance to take the state than most candidates over the last seven decades. It is hoped that a combination of moderate suburban voters, young voters and progressive Latinos will ensure 77-year-old Joe Biden becomes the first Democrat White House candidate to hold Arizona since Bill Clinton in 1996.
Just as in many parts of the country, the coronavirus situation in Arizona continues to deteriorate, meaning affected parties are losing hope and faith in Trump and the Republican party. Trump was the 3.5-point victor over Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election to win the state’s 11 Electoral College votes. Now however, Trump seems to be losing control as his national approval rating continues to dip amid a public health crisis in Arizona and beyond.
Arizona, a state with a population of over 7 million, has reported around 150,000 coronavirus cases, with the situation deteriorating even faster over the past month or two.
On the other hand, the Democrat party has laid the groundwork to gain success in the state and a changing population seems to favor Biden and his party. Lately, a large number of Latino immigrants have moved into the state, as well as a considerable amount from left-leaning states such as California. Now, Biden leads his rival Trump by nearly 3 points, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average.
“I am very confident,” said Democratic congressman Ruben Gallego, who represents parts of the state capital Phoenix. “What I see right now is, really, for the first time in the history of Arizona, a campaign that is fully dedicated to turning the state blue.”
“Latino voters, especially young voters, are not going to take the chance of allowing the Trump administration to stay on,” Gallego added.
Biden and his administration decided to concentrate on Latino voters in Arizona. As are Nuestro PAC, a group set up by Bernie Sanders former advisers in hopes of securing the votes of Latino voters. The Latino community comprises almost a third of the population of Arizona and because of the recent influx, a lot of these are younger and more progressive voters.
“Well, I think a lot of politicians are discussing that Republicans, Democrats and right now a lot of my representatives are on the hill. They’re discussing CARES Act or Phase 4, whatever you want to call it. And I think ultimately something good will come out of it,” President Trump said to reporters during his latest press conference.
“The economy is starting to really come back strongly. When you look at the numbers, even with the fact that like California is still closed up in many big states. I think the numbers are even more impressive considering that some states like California, big ones are pretty well shut down,” Trump added, focusing on fixing the current coronavirus pandemic before election talk ramps up further.
“So we expect to have something over a period of time, over the appropriate period of time. I said, Democrat politicians. And these are the cities where you have the problem. If you look at Chicago, if you look at Detroit. I mean, look around any of these cities where we have the problems and we’re sending them help. But we’re really waiting for them to call for the big help for the big numbers, for the large numbers of people that we have ready, willing and able.
“You look at Chicago, where 14 people were shot yesterday; where, over the weekend, many people died and many people were shot; and, over the last month, they’re setting record numbers.”
“I just spoke to Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx is right outside and they’re giving me all of everything they know as of this point in time and I’m giving the information to you. And I think it’s probably a very concise way of doing it. It seems to be working out very well,” Trump continued.
“Chicago is a disaster. The mayor is saying, “Don’t come in.” The mayor is telling us not to come in. At some point, we can void that if we have to and we may have to because it’s out of control. I assume she’s saying that for political reasons. I think it’s negative political reasons. She’s a Democrat. I’m going to be nice. She’s a Democrat. She’s making a big mistake. People are dying in Chicago and other cities and we can solve the problem. They have to ask us, but we can solve the problem.”