Trump Rallygoers Boo Suggestion to Wear Masks: Campaign UpdateSeptember 22, 2020
Attendees at a Donald Trump rally booed a Republican official’s suggestion to wear masks in public. Young voters like Democratic nominee Joe Biden a lot more than they did Hillary Clinton. And new voter registration rates are down in four battleground states.
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Trump Rallygoers Boo Suggestion to Wear Masks
The crowd at a Trump rally booed an Ohio official who suggested they wear campaign-branded masks in public.
Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, a Republican, showed off some red Trump masks on stage at a rally Monday near Dayton, saying he was “trying to make masks in America great again.”
“If you go into a grocery store where you’ve gotta wear one…,” he said.
The crowd then booed.
“Hang on, hang on, just listen up,” he said, as the booing grew louder. “All right, I get it. But if something tells you to take it off, you can at least say that you’re trying to save the country by wearing one of President Donald Trump’s.”
Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say they are regularly wearing masks in public in polls, but the partisan gap has narrowed since this summer.
In aPew Research Center poll in August, 92% of Democrats and people who lean Democratic said they usually wear masks in stores, compared to 76% of Republicans and those leaning Republican. That 16-point gap is smaller than the 23-point gap in the spring.
Young Voters May Turn Out at 2008 Levels for Biden (7:12 a.m.)
Just before the Democratic primary began last year, hundreds of thousands of TikTok users shared homemade videos in which members of Generation Z sang “Please Don’t Make Me Vote for Joe Biden.”
As it turns out, many of them are going to vote for Joe Biden after all.
TheHarvard Youth Poll, released Monday, found that 18- to 29-year-old voters backed Biden by wider margins than they did Hillary Clinton four years ago, and they look poised to turn out in huge numbers.
The poll found 60% of young voters backed Biden while only 27% backed Trump. By comparison, only 49% supported Clinton in the same poll in 2016.
The poll showed signs of a youth turnout surge, with 63% of respondents saying they will “definitely be voting” compared to 47% four years ago. Pollsters say that indicates a level of turnout closer to the 2008 boom that helped make Biden vice president.
The survey of 1,206 18- to 29-year-olds was conducted from Aug. 28 to Sept. 9. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 3.22 percentage points.
Voter Registration Rates Dropped in Four Battleground States
The rate of new voter registrations has dropped this year in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin, as socially distant Americans have stayed away from DMVs, malls and door-to-door canvassers.
According toa study released by the Brennan Center for Justice Tuesday to mark National Voter Registration Day, the rate of new registrations each month has dropped significantly in 17 out of 21 states that made the data available to researchers.
Among the battleground states, Arizona had the biggest dropoff at 65%, followed by Florida at 26% and North Carolina at 14%. Wisconsin’s 2% drop was among the lowest in the states studied, while Michigan actually increased 23%.
Researchers say they have no idea why Michigan as well as Alaska, Idaho and Utah were doing better than in 2016.
Social-distancing due to the coronavirus has hurt traditional voter registration efforts, which depend on knocking on doors and cornering people in large gathering places like indoor malls. And while one-third of voters in 2016 registered at the Department of Motor Vehicles, many states shuttered their DMVs in the first few months of the pandemic.
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