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One, Trump will win the swing states now
NBC News, 9-11, 20, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/democrats-are-nervous-about-trump-s-persisting-edge-over-biden-n1239807
Except one — and it’s a big one: Americans in battleground states still trust Trump over Biden on the economy, which often tops the list of decisive issues for voters. The president’s edge on the economy has begun to worry some allies of Biden, who say he needs to do more to neutralize it or Trump could use it to nail down swing voters as Election Day nears. His lead persists even with 8.4 percent unemployment and during a recession that Democrats say has been fueled by Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic. “I do think there’s work to do here in connecting the dots,” said Hari Sevugan, a Democratic campaign veteran who worked for Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 campaign and for Barack Obama in 2008. “We need to do a better job of showing that a failure to deal with the pandemic was a failure to look out for the economy.” Many voters don’t see the issues as connected: Trump enjoys a net approval rating of 3.5 points on his stewardship of the economy in the RealClearPolitics average while getting a net disapproval score of 15 points on his handling of the coronavirus While Trump’s economic edge has narrowed in national polls, it