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5 Things To Watch In The Final Week Of The 2020 Presidential Campaign

Added 10-26-20 05:07:02am EST - “The home stretch of a presidential campaign is anxiety-producing. But there are some clues for how the race might be going, from where the candidates travel to early vote totals.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “5 Things To Watch In The Final Week Of The 2020 Presidential Campaign”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at Dallas High School in Dallas, Pa., on Saturday. Pennsylvania is a crucial state, with both Biden and President Trump having visited in recent days. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at Dallas High School in Dallas, Pa., on Saturday. Pennsylvania is a crucial state, with both Biden and President Trump having visited in recent days.

"In this final phase, the feedback loop inside a campaign can become really distorted," said Brian Jones, a Republican strategist and veteran of the Mitt Romney, John McCain and George W. Bush campaigns. "Campaigns destined for defeat find ways to believe there's still a chance and campaigns headed for victory can be overly nervous."

Campaigns, candidates and, most importantly, voters are all in a holding pattern and looking for small things to cling to — or worry about. And the coronavirus pandemic, which has introduced a new, difficult-to-quantify variable in the outcome of the election, only makes matters more anxiety-producing.

Where campaigns decide to spend their time and money tells you a lot about what locations they think are most important.

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