Democrats and Republicans are focused on runoffs in Georgia's two U.S. Senate races that will determine control of Congress. In Cobb County, pivotal in Joe Biden's electoral victory over Donald Trump, both major parties are preparing battle plans with national implications.
Georgia was a pivotal state in swinging the presidential election to Joe Biden, and no Georgia county was more important in turning the state blue than Cobb County, a suburb of Atlanta.
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, which Donald Trump won in 2016 after two Barack Obama victories, and Cobb and Gwinnett counties in Georgia, which Hillary Clinton captured after successive Republican wins, have played a pivotal role in determining the outcome of this year's presidential election.
President Trump touts the pre-pandemic economy. But residents in 11 of the 16 counties on his final campaign tour have seen slower annual real-wage growth during his administration compared to the last three years of the Obama administration, on average.
In a poll conducted for Newsweek released on Wednesday, 32% of registered voters surveyed said they're better off than four years ago, 31% said they're about the same, and 26% said they're worse off. An additional 10% said they don't know how their current situation compares to 2016.
The results of a Redfield & Wilton Strategies poll released Wednesday found that 47% of likely voters favored the Democratic nominee, compared to 41% for the Republican president, in counties that Barack Obama won in 2008 and 2012 that pivoted to Donald Trump in 2016.
A survey conducted for Newsweek found that just 4 percent of registered voters in swing counties considered "law and order" a key policy area that would determine how they vote.
Reactions of voters in critical battleground counties after last night's debate evoke those of fans at a heavyweight championship fight between a seasoned challenger poised to claim the title and a "laid back" title holder claiming victory by raising both arms over his head at the final bell.
Cobb County, Georgia, is deep into this year's election. Nearly 30% of the county's registered voters have already cast their ballots.
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, has garnered nationwide attention and speculation as Election Day approaches, not only because Donald Trump turned the county red in 2016, but also because of its proximity to Joe Biden's birthplace.
The folks in Jefferson County, a bucolic, picture-postcard setting on the Florida Panhandle about 40 minutes east of the state capital in Tallahassee, are concerned about what's going to happen in Washington, D.C., the next four years.
Enthusiasm for politics has been growing in Cobb County, Georgia, for some time, and that enthusiasm is blossoming in the Peach State at election time.
"We are really the vanguard for change," one Gwinnett County school board member told Newsweek.
Pennsylvania State Police warned about "numerous" USPS mailbox thefts in and around Hazleton, located within Luzerne County.
The Election Board member said he was "outraged" that nine military mail-in ballots had been discarded prematurely.
Donald Trump won rural Fillmore County, Minnesota, once a Democratic stronghold, in 2016, but he hopes to be the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since 1972.
Last night's raucous presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden did little to change the minds of voters in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, a county that the president won in 2016 after it went twice for Barack Obama.
A county that was crucial to President Donald Trump's election has seen significant growth in Republican registrations since 2016.
"People are coming in left and right. They want signs, they want hats, they want the Trump T-shirt—you name it. It's been unlike anything I've seen in politics," one lawmaker told Newsweek.
After conducting numerous interviews and reviewing physical evidence, an FBI investigation confirmed that nine discarded mail-in ballots were cast for President Donald Trump.
"I know many of you were frustrated," the Democratic nominee said. "I get it. It has to change. It will change with me."
"A whole host of things happened that the polls would not have caught," said one pollster about the 2016 election.
In a county that's become more vocal in its backing for Trump since 2016, "everybody seems to have a flag," said the chair of the local Democratic Party.
Congressman Tim Walberg, a Republican who represents Monroe County, said the area's unemployment rate is a "hard pill to swallow."