Trump and Biden ‘are functionally tied’ in key swing states, warns Biden campaign manager

A key member of Joe Biden’s White House campaign team just delivered some bad news that likely has the rest of the Democrat’s staffers — and his most ardent supporters — panicking.

According to Breitbart, a Saturday report from The Hill outlined excerpts of a memo in which Biden campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley Dillon said President Donald Trump and his opponent “are functionally tied” in “critical” swing states and warned supporters against complacency, saying, “Trump can still win this race.”

A close race

According to Breitbart, The Hill indicated that the three-page memo was disseminated to left-leaning activists and supporters of Joe Biden’s run for the presidency.

“We cannot become complacent because the very searing truth is that Donald Trump can still win this race, and every indication we have shows that this thing is going to come down to the wire,” O’Malley Dillon wrote, as Breitbart reported.

It’s a message that stands in stark contrast to the one that has been pushed by the mainstream media for months now — a point even O’Malley Dillon acknowledged.

“[T]he reality is that this race is far closer than some of the punditry we’re seeing on Twitter and on TV would suggest,” she wrote in another part of the memo, according to a report from Fox News.

A lesson learned?

O’Malley Dillon is clearly doing her best to avoid a repeat of 2016, when, according to the Biden campaign manager, Democrats saw low voter turnout because the polls had Hillary Clinton winning easier. Biden, for his part, finds himself in a similar position — but O’Malley Dillon isn’t convinced President Trump can’t still pull off a victory.

“While we see robust leads at the national level, in the states we’re counting on to carry us to victory like Arizona and North Carolina we’re only up by three points,” she wrote to Biden supporters, according to Breitbart. “We also know that even the best polling can be wrong, and that variables like turnout mean that in a number of critical states we are functionally tied — and that we need to campaign like we’re trailing.”

O’Malley added that if Dems have “learned anything from 2016, it’s that we cannot underestimate Donald Trump or his ability to claw his way back into contention in the final days of a campaign,” as Fox reported.

A look ahead

In recent days, polling results in battleground states have bolstered claims that the race for the presidency is tightening. In some states, including Wisconsin, Biden is in the lead, albeit by a narrow margin. But in states like Florida, the two candidates appear to be tied.

It’s numbers like these that have Biden and company worried — and they certainly should be.

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