In the last two weeks of his 2020 campaign, President Donald Trump did less well with voters in the districts where he held major rallies.
He held 30 major rallies across the country in the last two weeks of his campaign. According to an analysis by NBC News’ Meet the Press on November 29, the president did worse in 25 of the 30 districts he visited compared to the 2016 election results.
Of these 25 precincts, Trump either won with a lower percentage than in 2016 or he turned the tide in favor of his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
Trump held five rallies in Michigan in the last two weeks of his campaign, flipping for Biden in 2020. In all five of these districts, the president’s margins in 2020 were worse than those in 2016.
Trump held a rally in Ingham County on October 27. The election results showed that he did 5.5 percent worse in that district than in 2016, with Biden winning the country by over 32 points.
Although Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won the district in the 2016 election, Trump lost by only 27 points this year, according to Politico.
Trump also held a rally in Oakland County on October 30. This year he lost the district by 14 points, 6 points less than in 2016, and Biden also won the district, although he also voted Democrat in 2016.
On November 2, the president held a rally in Grand Traverse County. Trump won the district as he did in 2016, but with a narrow lead of 3 points. In 2016 he won Grand Traverse with 12 points.
In Pennsylvania, which also flipped for Biden in 2020, Trump held seven rallies, and according to NBC News, the same pattern emerged.
On October 20, Trump visited County Erie, one of the most important swing counties in the state. According to Politico’s data, Trump won the county by just under 2 points in 2016, but lost 1 point to Biden in 2020.
Trump also held rallies in Lancaster County on October 26 and Lackawanna County on November 2. The president’s performance in the districts was 3 points and 5 points worse, respectively.
Trump visited Florida four times in the last two weeks before election day. According to NBC News, the president did worse or almost the same in the majority of the precincts he visited.
However, in Miami-Dade County, which he visited the day before election day, Trump recorded a 21.7-point increase in votes compared to 2016. Dante Chinni, NBC News analyst, said Miami-Dade was the “exception” in the overall trend of U.S. votes.
The president’s son, Eric Trump, has since claimed that the turnout at his rallies is proof that the election was “rigged”.
Biden could not get 10 people to a rally and did not leave his house for days. @realDonaldTrump received 11 million more votes than 2016, almost doubling the support of African Americans – that was every station, several times a day. This election was fake from the beginning. pic.twitter.com/iM3tcSIMmf
– Eric Trump (@EricTrump) November 16, 2020
Genie noted, however, that the large crowds at Trump’s rallies could have caused concern among those who were not present, as the COVID 19 cases across the country encouraged more and more people to take a stand against the president.
Although Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election on November 7, Trump has not yet yielded. Instead, the president and his re-election campaign have filed several lawsuits alleging that election fraud and irregularities contributed to Biden’s victory.
Trump’s campaign did not respond in time for publication to Washington Newsday’s request for comment.