Former MLB star Aubrey Huff believes that the polls in the run-up to next week’s presidential election do not paint an accurate picture and expects President Donald Trump to win comfortably in California.
The Republican incumbent has regularly left the Democratic Party candidate, Joe Biden, far behind in recent national polls.
On average, as determined by FiveThirtyEight, Biden leads by just over nine percentage points, with about 52 percent supporting the Democratic candidate and 43 percent supporting the President.
This trend is reflected in the average of RealClearPolitics, which gives Biden 51 percent of the votes to Trumps 43 percent.
In California, the picture for the president is even bleaker. According to FiveThirtyEight’s average of the polls in the presidential election, Biden is well on his way to getting 62 percent of the vote in California, while Trump is currently 26 points behind Trump with 36 percent.
However, Huff believes that the president should pay little attention to polls and forecasts.
“If it’s a fair election, there’s no way @realDonaldTrump will lose California,” the two-time World Series champion twittered on Sunday night.
“The number of boat parades, rallies and Pro Trump signs I’ve seen is off the charts. “Mark my words: California is flipping red this year! #Trump2020”
If it is a fair choice, @realDonaldTrump California will not lose in any case. The number of boat parades, rallies and pro-trump signs I have seen is off the charts.
Mark my words California is freaking out red this year! #Trump2020
– Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) October 25, 2020
Huff has long been an outspoken Trump supporter, and last November he posted a picture of him on Twitter holding a target with holes in it, suggesting that he was teaching his boys how to use a gun in the “unlikely event” that Bernie Sanders defeated Trump in the presidential election – Sanders eventually withdrew from the Democratic Party primaries in April before supporting Biden.
Trump himself launched a last-minute appeal to the swing voters in the Golden State last week and tweeted this: “California is going to hell. Vote for Trump”
California, the most populous U.S. state, has a total of 55 electoral votes – the most votes of any state – and has supported the winner of 42 presidential elections 32 times.
Since the 1950s, California was a Republican stronghold for three decades-except for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, no Democratic candidate won the state between 1948 and 1992-and has become a safe haven for Democrats over the past 30 years.
George H.W. Bush is still the last Republican to win the state in the race for the White House and received 51.1 percent of the vote in 1988. In each of the seven presidential elections held in the past 32 years, the state voted for Democratic candidates, who received an average of 55.4 percent of the vote.
In the last three presidential elections, support for the Democratic Party in California has increased even more. Barack Obama captured the state with 61 percent of the vote in 2008 and 60.2 percent when he won a second term four years later, while Hillary Clinton won 61.7 percent of the vote in 2016, compared with 31.6 percent from Trump.
Officials say California mailed ballots to some 22 million registered voters, and over six million Californians had returned their votes by October 22.
“We’ve been tracking these things for over a decade, and there’s simply nothing to compare to how quickly voters have returned their ballots this election cycle,” Paul Mitchell of California-based non-partisan voter data firm Political Data Inc. told The Guardian over the weekend.