Joe Biden goes into the 2020 election with a key advantage Hillary Clinton was missing

Joe Biden goes into the 2020 election with a key advantage Hillary Clinton was missing
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A substantial number of voters opted to cast their ballots for third-party candidates during the 2016 presidential election, but poll results indicate that may change this time around.

Many people who vote for a third party in 2016 are opting to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, according to Morning Consult polling.

While 14 percent of third-party voters insist they would still support a third-party candidate in the upcoming election, tracking statistics compiled from October 16-18 found "53 percent of likely voters who opted for someone other than a major-party nominee in 2016 said they're backing Biden in this year's election." Statistics project that Trump will only manage to snag approximately 21 percent of the vote.

The report also indicates that Biden's popularity among formerly third-party voters has increased by nearly 10 percent from May to mid-October. Morning Consult's latest poll comes months after their previous poll report which found that voters who supported candidates other than Trump and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 accounted for 18 percent of voters who shared an unfavorable sentiments toward both candidates. The polling indicates that Biden's increase in support is a result of the fact that people have a more favorable opinion of him compared to Clinton.

The poll also suggests the overall desire to support third-party candidates had decreased in battleground states, which could ultimately lead to more voters casting their ballots for the two top candidates:

This time around, very few voters in key battleground states are indicating their interest in voting third party, with Libertarian nominee Jo Jorgensen and Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins lacking the prominence of their 2016 predecessors, and Kanye West — the well-known musician whose candidacy has been pushed by Republican operatives — on the ballot in a handful of states and just two competitive battlegrounds (Iowa and Minnesota).

As of Thursday, October 22, more than 35 million Americans have already cast their ballots for the 2020 election.

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