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Joe Biden in lead, Donald Trump catching up in swing states: Poll survey

With two days to go, Democrat Joe Biden holds a commanding national lead over President Donald Trump amid deep voter concerns about the Covid pandemic, but Trump is keeping his hopes alive by staying competitive in the swing states that could decide the White House race.

Biden’s national lead over the Republican president has stayed relatively steady in recent months as the public health crisis has persisted. He is ahead 51% to 43% in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll taken October 27-29. But Trump is close to Biden in enough state battlegrounds to give him the 270 state Electoral College votes needed to win a second term.

The survey shows that the race remains a toss up in Florida, North Carolina and Arizona. Trump also trails by five points in Pennsylvania and nine points in Michigan and Wisconsin, three other battleground states that helped give him an Electoral College win in 2016 over Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, Indian-American supporters of both parties have intensified their campaign. Two recent surveys show Indian-Americans support Biden.