Marquette poll shows Biden up 5 in Wisconsin


Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 5 percentage points in Wisconsin, the latest survey to show the Democratic challenger leading — albeit by less than other recent polls in the state.

Roughly 48 percent of likely voters said they preferred Biden, compared to 43 percent who backed Trump, according to a Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday. Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen registered 2 percent of those surveyed and 8 percent of respondents expressed no preference.

Marquette queried 749 likely Wisconsin voters from Oct. 21-25 and the poll had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.4 percentage points. Marquette’s prior poll found Biden leading by the same five-point margin — 46 percent to 41 percent — over Trump.

An ABC News/Washington Post Poll also released Wednesday reported the former vice president carrying 57 percent of likely Wisconsin voters surveyed — a 17-point gap over the 40 percent of respondents who preferred Trump.

The Real Clear Politics average of the race, which includes polls conducted between Oct. 10 to Oct. 26 — has Biden leading by 6.7 percentage points over the incumbent in Wisconsin, one of the historically blue states that broke for Trump in 2016.

Trump won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral college votes by just a single percentage point over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Trump campaigned there and in nearby Michigan on Tuesday as part of an effort to hold the Midwest states that he narrowly won four years ago and are critical to his reelection hopes.

“Seven days from now we are going to win this state and we are going to four more incredible years in the White House,” President Trump said at his Tuesday campaign rally held in West Salem, Wisconsin.

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