CNN Rates PA As a ‘Battleground’ in Debut 2020 Electoral College Map
Pennsylvania is currently a “Battleground” state for the 2020 presidential election, according to CNN’s debut 2020 Electoral College map.
In an article published on June 11, the Keystone State is one of six states listed as a “Battleground,” meaning it is leaning towards neither party for the presidential election. Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes also places it as the state with the second most electoral votes up for grabs in this column. Other states included in this category include Florida, which has 29 electoral votes, Michigan’s 16 electoral votes, North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes, Arizona’s 11 electoral votes, and Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes.
CNN’s David Chalian and Terence Burlij write that the 101 electoral votes among the six battleground states will “likely prove decisive in selecting the direction the country heads in for the next four years.”
Neither party has the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the White House, but former Vice President Joe Biden has “the advantage both nationally and in many key battleground states,” over President Donald Trump although it is added in the story that “the idea that this race is all wrapped up in June seems a bit far-fetched.”
232 electoral votes are either “solid” or “leans” Democratic in the 2020 Electoral College debut map, while Republicans have 205 electoral votes that are listed as either “solid” or “leans” in their favor.
The Real Clear Politics average shows Biden besting Trump by 3.3 points in Pennsylvania.
CNN is just the latest outlet to characterize Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes as up for grabs. The Cook Political Report, Fox News, Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and Politico all have Pennsylvania in the Toss-Up column for the presidential race.
See the full 2020 Electoral College debut map from CNN here.