In America, the usual suspects start to vote in-person

RASHMEE ROSHAN LALL October 20, 2020

Photo: Caleb Fisher/ Unsplash

In-person voting starts in Wisconsin, Hawaii and Utah on October 20.

Only one should have you on the edge of your seat.

Wisconsin. Donald Trump won in Wisconsin by a small margin in 2016 but polls show the state is leaning towards Joe Biden.

As for Hawaii, in 2016 it was one of only two states (the other being Massachusetts) where Hillary Clinton won every county. That followed on from Barack Obama‘s 70.55 per cent vote share in 2012.

And Utah is reliably Republican and has been so since 1968. In 2016, Mr Trump won the state with the lowest approbation (45.5 per cent of the vote) for any Republican since George H. W. Bush in 1992.

That wasn’t on account of any particular enthusiasm for his Democratic opponent. Mrs Clinton got 27.5 per cent of the vote.

Independent Evan McMullin came third with 21.5 per cent. Mr McMullin is Mormon, as is 60 per cent of Utah and the challenge he posed to the Republican candidate went no further than splitting the vote. Mr Trump was limited to less than 50 per cent of the vote but he still carried Utah alright.