Biden Ramps Up, Promises “Expanded Map” that Puts Arizona, Texas, Georgia in Play

The Biden campaign is ramping up and promising an “expanded” map that puts states including Arizona, Texas, and Georgia in play.

Paul Steinhauser of Fox News tweeted:

2020 Watch: @JoeBiden campaign – in a presentation with political reporters – predicts a wider map of states in play in November, touting “there will be battleground states that have never been battleground states before”

Per Fox News, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign says it will soon have 600 staffers in the key battleground states as it beefs up for a general election showdown with President Trump’s campaign juggernaut.

Top campaign advisers to the former vice president – in a Zoom presentation and briefing Friday with political reporters – touted that “our poll numbers continue to be ahead nationally and in battleground states.” And they forecast that they’ll widen the map of states in play, saying, “There will be battleground states that have never been battleground states before.”

The campaign also spotlighted that the presidential election will be a referendum on Trump’s performance in the White House amid the coronavirus pandemic. But they didn’t provide a timeline for when Biden – who’s been campaigning virtually from his home in Delaware as he follows his state’s stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of the virus – would physically return to the campaign trail, saying they’ll do so “when the time is right.”

Pointing to the most recent battleground polls, campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon noted, “We are pulling ahead in Florida, in Pennsylvania, and Michigan, and Wisconsin, and in Arizona. And if we kept these numbers, and we kept them through November, that puts us at 318 electoral votes.”

She tempered that with: “We do not take any of this for granted.” But the veteran campaign operative added, “We feel like we are uniquely positioned to do well in these states. … We are pulling ahead to take us to a much larger Electoral College victory.”

Two hundred and seventy electoral votes are needed to win the White House.

O’Malley Dillon said the campaign’s strategy was to protect the swing states that 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton captured in 2016, such as Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Virginia, and win back some the battleground states Trump carried four years ago: Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

But she also predicted, “There will be an expanded map in 2020. We believe that there will be battleground states that have never been battleground states before. And Arizona is at the top of the list.” And she noted that Biden’s within striking distance of Trump in Georgia and Texas, two other reliably red states that Democrats have long eyed.