Coming into the 2020 election, which is now less than two months away, there is a very palpable tension in the air. The left side of the aisle has been concocting a new conspiracy theory that Donald Trump is trying to become some sort of dictator. Donald Trump is stirring up worry about mail-in voting and the possibility of a fraudulent result.
In fact, the mainstream media has been whipping up fear of a lengthy legal fight in the weeks, (or months), after election day itself.
While this is certainly not ideal, and undoubtedly unusual, there is some precedent for a contested election. And, if this election does wind up getting messy, the current system for determining the outcome would favor the Democrats.
In Michigan and Pennsylvania — two Democratic-leaning states Trump won in 2016 — the top elections officials belong to Biden’s party. That’s also true in Arizona, which Trump carried but Biden is now leading in the polls, and Minnesota, which the president has targeted as a potential pickup.
The Trump campaign responded swiftly.
Asked whether Trump’s campaign is concerned about Democrats being in charge of overseeing post-election counting in some states, spokeswoman Thea McDonald focused instead on efforts to expand mail-in voting. “Rather than trying to predict the future, the news media ought to draw attention to Democrats’ nonstop attempts to throw our electoral system into chaos 60 days before a general election,” she said.
The only way to avoid such a scenario would be for the election to end in a landslide.
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