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Biden leads Trump in Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin: polls – Fox News

New public opinion surveys in three crucial general election battlegrounds indicate Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has the edge over President Trump in two of the states and a double-digit lead in the third.

Biden tops the president 50%-45% in Florida among likely voters, according to a high turnout model in a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday. But the former vice president’s advantage over the GOP incumbent in the White House shrinks to 49%-46% among likely voters in a low turnout projection. The Monmouth poll was conducted Sept. 10-13 and has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

Biden has a slight 1.6 point edge in Florida, the biggest of the battlegrounds, according to an average of all the latest public opinion surveys in the state compiled by Real Clear Politics. That’s down from a 5-point advantage the former vice president held over the GOP incumbent a month ago.

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Four years ago, Trump narrowly edged 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the state to capture Florida 29 electoral votes, a big boost as he crushed Clinton in the Electoral College count to win the White House.

The new poll was released shortly before Biden arrived in Florida on Tuesday, for his first visit as a general election nominee.

In battleground North Carolinaa new CNN poll indicates Biden with a 49%-46% advantage over the president. The former vice president’s 3-point edge is within the sampling error of the survey, which was conducted Sept. 9-13.

Biden has a negligible six-tenths of a percent edge over the president in North Carolina in an average of all the latest surveys. Trump held a slight six-tenths of a percent edge over Biden a month ago. Trump carried the state by 3.7 points over Clinton four years ago.

In Wisconsin, a new CNN poll shows Biden ahead of Trump by 10 points – 52%-42%. An average of the latest survey shows Biden topping Trump by 6.8 points, virtually unchanged from a month ago.

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Wisconsin, along with Michigan and Pennsylvania, had been carried by Democrats for a quarter-century in presidential elections. The final polls in all three states on the eve of the 2016 election indicated Clinton with the advantage, but Trump narrowly edged her in all three states, collapsing the so-called “blue wall.”

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Cam Newton leads run-heavy New England Patriots to opening win – ESPN

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quarterback Cam Newton rushed for two touchdowns to help lead the new-look New England Patriots offense — powered by the ground game — past the Miami Dolphins 21-11 in Sunday’s regular-season opener at Gillette Stadium.

Newton’s 75 rushing yards on 15 carries were the most by a Patriots quarterback since 1977, when Steve Grogan had 81 rushing yards at the Buffalo Bills, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

His 15 rush attempts were the most ever by a Patriots QB in a game. And the Patriots overall rushed 42 times for 217 yards, both totals their most in a season opener under coach Bill Belichick.

“Cam’s been great for us. He’s earned everybody’s respect, really, daily,” Belichick said. “I thought he played well today. He ran the ball well, he led the team, made some good checks and adjustments.”

Newton had a 4-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, and added an 11-yard rushing score in the third. His ability as a runner led Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to introduce zone-read concepts never used with Tom Brady, who is more adept as a pocket passer.

To highlight the contrast, consider that Brady had 34 rushing yards all of last season. Even when excluding kneel-downs, Brady would have totaled just 46 rushing yards in 2019, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information.

Over the past 35 seasons, the Patriots had just three games in which quarterbacks had multiple rushing touchdowns, all by Brady.

Even Newton might have been surprised by how much the Patriots called his number as a rusher. His 13 designed rushes, the final one going for 11 yards to close out the game, were the second most of his career, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information (15 in 2014, Week 6 at Bengals).

“Getting a win like that isn’t necessarily pretty at times, but that’s good for the overall team character,” Newton said.

Still, Newton was effective when called upon to throw, finishing 15-of-19 for 155 yards, with no interceptions. The 19 attempts were the fewest by a Patriots starting QB since Jacoby Brissett in Week 3 of the 2016 season.

“This is the new normal, and I think it’s time for everybody, including myself, to realize this is what it’s like,” he said. “I think it hit me full-circle today; and for me to just kind of realize that I’m a New England Patriot.

“And I’m just going to embrace this whole moment.”

At the end of the game, CBS cameras showed Newton getting into a heated on-field exchange with second-year Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, and it later appeared that Miami rookie defensive lineman Raekwon Davis reached his hand toward the jewelry around Newton’s neck.

Newton, perhaps drawing on his college ties to Auburn, said of Wilkins, who attended rival Clemson: “You just have to realize who you’re talking to, and just keep everything in the game. I realized I was talking to a person that’s known for doing splits.”

That was a dig at Wilkins’ celebration following the 2016 national championship game when he did a split that went viral.

As for what appeared to be Davis grabbing for his chain, Newton said: “I still got my chain. I got two of ’em. They were reaching for my chain, though and I think that kind of got up under my skin. … I was just teasing with Coach, just letting him know that the College Park almost came out in me. Yet through it all, man, it was all fun and games; and it was expected.”

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Biden leads in six 2020 swing states as Trump sees no convention bounce, CNBC/Change Research poll finds – CNBC

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in six 2020 swing states, as the Republican National Convention changed little in the race for the White House, according to a new CNBC/Change Research poll.

Across Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the former vice president holds a 49% to 45% edge over the Republican incumbent, the survey released Wednesday found. It compares with a 49% to 46% edge Biden held in a poll taken two weeks ago, after the Democratic National Convention but before the GOP’s nominating events. 

Biden holds at least a narrow lead in all six of the states, which will play a major role in determining who wins the White House on Nov. 3. Here is where the race stands in all of those states, and how it has changed from the last survey: 

  • Arizona: Biden 49%, Trump 45% (was Biden 49%, Trump 47%) 
  • Florida: Biden 49%, Trump 46% (unchanged)
  • Michigan: Biden 49%, Trump 43% (was Biden 50%, Trump 44%) 
  • North Carolina: Biden 49%, Trump 47% (was Biden 48%, Trump 47%)
  • Pennsylvania: Biden 50%, Trump 46% (was Biden 49%, Trump 46%)
  • Wisconsin: Biden 50%, Trump 44% (was Biden 49%, Trump 44%)

The poll, taken Friday through Sunday, surveyed 4,143 likely voters across the six states and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points. 

It shows a race changing little even in a period where presidential candidates can see a temporary bump after they inundate voters at their nominating conventions. Though Biden’s lead in both national and swing-state polling averages has fallen from highs seen during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic in June and July, the CNBC/Change Research polls find the presidential race largely unchanged by events in recent weeks. 

The survey released Wednesday found swing-state voters’ views of Trump and Biden have not meaningfully changed over the last two weeks. This week, 45% of respondents said they have favorable feelings about Trump, versus 52% who said they view him unfavorably. It compares with a 46% to 51% favorable to unfavorable spread two weeks ago. 

Opinions on Biden did not budge at all. In Wednesday’s survey, 45% of likely voters said they had a favorable view of the Democratic nominee, while 49% responded that they had unfavorable feelings about him. The numbers were the same two weeks ago. 

Respondents were asked to choose the three most important issues facing the country. The most common choice was the economy, jobs and cost of living, picked by 43% of likely voters, followed by political corruption at 38%. Another 35% of respondents chose Covid-19, followed by law and order at 29%, and racism and discrimination at 27%.

The major parties have drastically different views on the most important issues. Among Democrats, 61% chose Covid-19 and 51% picked racism and discrimination. But among GOP voters, 58% chose law and order — a common rhetorical device Trump uses to criticize protests against police brutality and racism — and 53% picked the economy, jobs and cost of living. 

— Graphic by CNBC’s John Schoen

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