Believe It Or Not, 2021 Is Looking Worse Than 2020

This year is, by any measure, brutal.

First came a pandemic so baffling that virtually no one other than Sweden made it through without a near-depression. (Reminiscent of the previous decade’s financial crisis, when only Iceland got it right.)

Then came civil unrest on a scale not seen since the 1960s, about which more than enough has already been written.

Then came fires that are burning even parts of the Northwest previously thought to be non-flammable, blanketing the region with toxic smoke.

That’s a lot. But it might be just the warm-up act for a couple of potentially bigger crises.

The upcoming presidential election, for instance, will be conducted amid a pandemic that is forcing many states with little mail-in voting experience to adopt the practice wholesale. The inevitable mess will be tolerable if one side wins in a landslide big enough to swamp doubts about the election’s legality. But that’s not looking likely as battleground state polls tighten.

Trump Is Within the Margin of Error in Seven Swing States

(MSN) – With the election just weeks away, voters and polling officials have seen Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump narrow in the past few days. Now, the most recent state polls show that Trump is within the margin of error to win in seven major swing states: Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Texas and Iowa.

While national polls show Biden ahead of Trump by 7 percentage points, as of Wednesday, most polls in major swing states show no clear or definitive winner. In Georgia, a state that hasn’t voted Democratic since the ’90s but is now considered a toss-up, Biden is projected to win 47 percent of votes compared with Trump’s 46 percent, well within the 3.6 percent margin of error, according to an AARP poll released September 10.

Arizona, New Hampshire and North Carolina all show Biden leading by only 3 percentage points in recent polls, while a September 12 New York Times/Siena College poll shows Biden with a 4 percentage point lead in Nevada, which is within the 5.3 percent margin of error.

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