Voter turnout in central Pennsylvania is causing long lines that are wrapping around buildings in the crucial battleground state, a possible good sign for President Trump’s reelection prospects.
“Lines are wrapped around the building here in Mechanicsburg, as voters await to cast their ballots in-person,” said CBS21 reporter Talia Kirkland on Twitter.
Lines are wrapped around the building here in Mechanicsburg, as voters await to cast their ballots in-person. pic.twitter.com/UdEH0A4EbS
— Talia Kirkland (@talia_kirkland) November 3, 2020
Republicans entered Election Day facing a huge deficit in mail-in voting in Pennsylvania. Of the almost 2.5 million ballots returned in the state, Democrats held a 66%-23% lead in mail-in voting. But that lead wasn’t unexpected, as polls consistently showed supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden planned to vote by mail or early in person. On the other hand, Trump’s supporters overwhelmingly planned to vote on Election Day.
Trump’s campaign is hoping that turnout on Election Day will help the president overcome his deficit in early voting. According to campaign manager Bill Stepien, the campaign is expecting Trump to win the Election Day turnout battle by over a million votes, which would likely be enough to push Trump over the top in the state.
“We project an Election Day votes cast margin of over a million for Pres. Trump.,” Stepien said.
Mechanicsburg is in Cumberland County, which Trump won by over 20,000 votes in 2016. Large turnout in the county could be a sign that Trump is on his way to making up the mail-in voting deficit.
Author: Michael Lee
Source: Washington Examiner: Reports of large Pennsylvania Election Day voter turnout could bode well for Trump