The polls, the Electoral College and Democratic hand-wringing

The polls, the Electoral College and Democratic hand-wringing
Alyssa Milano (Image: Twitter screen grab)

[Ed. – Dems really terrified of losing to Orange Man again.]

There are daily calls or emails from friends — Democrats — unnerved by reports that battleground states now are toss-ups, over a headline last week on a poll showing that Biden’s lead is narrowing in Wisconsin.

In the final month and a half of the most intense, consequential presidential contest of our lives, the chatter among much of the press and politicos is about numbers: the polls and the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

It’s easy to caution against obsessing over small shifts; I do each day, right before turning to RealClearPolitics or FiveThirtyEight to get the latest data.

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Here’s a guide on how to view those numbers in the stressful days and weeks ahead:

The Electoral College is a factor only if the vote is decided by about two points or less. That’s been the case in two of the last five contests. …

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