The deputy campaign manager and communications director for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was optimistic about the state of the White House race as voting continued Tuesday.
“We believe we have a lot of options. We have a lot of pathways to get to 270,” Kate Bedingfield said in an interview on MSNBC, referring to the number of electoral votes required to win the presidency.
In addition to visiting the Great Lakes-area swing states that propelled President Donald Trump to office in 2016, Biden has spent the final days of the 2020 general election campaign making stops in more Republican-leaning battlegrounds such as Georgia and Iowa.
Bedingfield also pointed on Tuesday to “record levels of enthusiasm and turnout in the early vote,” specifically mentioning increased levels of African-American turnout in Georgia and youth turnout in North Carolina.
Nearly 100 million Americans have already voted in the 2020 election amid a massive expansion of mail-in and early balloting necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. That number amounts to almost three-quarters of the total votes cast in 2016.
“There are a lot of really encouraging signs, and we believe that we have built up a really significant lead in a lot of the states that we need to win the White House tonight,” Bedingfield said.
Still, “that doesn’t mean we’re not focused on turning people out today,” she said, adding: “We’re going to continue to turn folks out. But we feel really good about where we are.”
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