GOP strategist and probe Frank Luntz told CNBC on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s path to securing a second term is now based on defeating Democrat Joe Biden in Arizona.
According to NBC News, the results in Arizona, home to 11 electoral votes, is still too early to call, according to NBC News. But with 86% of the state’s expected votes tested, Biden took the lead with 50.5% compared with Trump’s 48.1%.
Luntz said on the “Squawk Box”: “Arizona is where the battle is going, because the president cannot be re-elected without winning both Arizona and Pennsylvania”;.
Biden currently has 253 of the 270 electoral votes needed to elect the president, according to NBC News. Trump has 214. Outside of Arizona, presidential elections have not been named by NBC News in Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Alaska. A total of 71 electoral votes were unclaimed, according to NBC News.
Luntz said he believes Arizona is critical to Trump’s fortunes due to his personal view of the Nevada race, where there are six electoral votes. NBC News argued that the election was too close to call, with 86% expected in favor. Biden has 49.3% compared to Trump’s 48.7%, according to NBC News.
“I believe that Nevada, when all the votes are counted, will stay at Biden’s camp,” Luntz said. “There are too many votes missing out there from Las Vegas, and not enough votes from the rest of the state, which is more likely to vote Republicans than Vegas.”
However, Luntz said he has not yet eliminated Arizona as state election officials continue to compile ballot statistics. According to NBC News, nearly 500,000 votes have yet to be checked. “Arizona can turn Trump around, based on where the votes are still coming from,” Luntz said.
On Wednesday, presidential elections in Wisconsin and Michigan were called to support Biden, according to NBC News. Wisconsin has 10 electoral votes, while Michigan has 16.
According to NBC News, Pennsylvania’s race was too close to call, with 89% of the expected vote. Trump took the lead in the State of Keystone with 50.7% of the vote, compared with 48.1% for Biden.
A single win in Pennsylvania, home to 20 electoral votes, would put Biden past the crucial 270 threshold. Another path to victory for Biden included triumphs over Arizona and Nevada.
While Luntz says he believes Trump will win in North Carolina and Georgia, he says he likes Biden’s chances to win in Pennsylvania and by extending the overall race, when the additional votes count. . “Based on the fact that a lot of them are from Philadelphia or the Philadelphia suburbs where there are very strong Democrats at the moment, … I think that’s in Joe Biden’s favor,” Luntz to speak.
With the road to 270 narrowed, Trump’s campaign is pursuing legal action in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia related to the vote count. Trump’s campaign also wanted a recount in Wisconsin, which was called Biden by NBC News.