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For Democrats, Biden's lead fuels uncomfortable sense of deja vu


October 19, 2020

Ruth Fremson – New York Times

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, spoke at Riverside High School in Durham, N.C., Oct. 18, 2020. Biden's lead in the polls has not eased the minds of many Democrats, who remember Hillary Clinton's defeat in 2016.

WASHINGTON – The polls are once again delivering feel-good boosts to Democrats: Joe Biden beats President Donald Trump by 10, 11 or 12 points nationally, depending on the day. His edge in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin averages eight. Experts promise better than 4-in-5 odds of a new president next year.

But then the partisans remember that they have been here before, four years ago this week. The conflicting emotions can be overwhelming.

"I am feeling anxious and trapped between a sense of unbridled optimism and sheer dread," said Abington Township, Pa., Commissioner Bill Bole, who like many Democrats never thought Trump could defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and was stunned when he did.


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