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Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Joe Biden leads President Trump in six key battleground states, according to New York Times/Siena College polling released Thursday.

Why it matters: The states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin and North Carolina — were all won by Trump in 2016 and were instrumental in his Electoral College victory.

  • Biden's lead extends to double digits in some of the states — 11 points in Michigan and Wisconsin and 10 points in Pennsylvania. He leads by nine points in North Carolina, seven points in Arizona and six points in Florida.
  • Trump's poor standing is driven by an erosion in support from white voters, one of his key constituencies.
  • That trend has been noted by other outlets as well. Cook Political Report moved Michigan from "toss up" to "leans Democratic" last week, citing Trump's sliding numbers in a state heavily populated by his white, working-class base.

By the numbers: Voters' views on Trump's handling of the economy remains a bright spot for the president — 56% of those in the battleground polling approve of his economic policies.

  • But Trump faces headwinds on his handling of the protests against police brutality and racial injustice as only 31% believe he has handled them well.
  • 55% of the battleground voters said they believe the federal government should be working to limit the spread of the coronavirus, even if it hurts the economy, while just 35% said the federal government needs to restart the economy.

The big picture: The Times' national poll has Biden ahead by 14 points — 50% to 36% — and his margins have widened amid the coronavirus pandemic and protests.

Methodology: This poll was conducted from June 8 to 18 and has a sample size of 3,870 registered voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin and North Carolina. The margin of sampling error for an individual state poll ranges from plus-or-minus 4.1 to 4.6 percentage points. The margin of sampling error on the full battleground sample is plus-or-minus 1.8 percentage points.

Go deeper: Biden's campaign raises more than Trump's for first time in 2020

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Updated Oct 1, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Obama praises LeBron James' voting drive for Black districts

LeBron James and President Barack Obama at the White House in 2013. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

NBA star LeBron James' More Than a Vote campaign to increase the number of poll workers in Black electoral districts has recruited 10,000 volunteers since it launched in the summer, the New York Times first reported Wednesday.

Of note: Later Wednesday, James' voting movement received a glowing endorsement from former President Barack Obama, who appeared virtually alongside other NBA greats, including Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Clyde Drexler, and More Than a Vote poll workers during game 1 of the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

Biden says he received two COVID-19 tests before visiting Michigan

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Image

Joe Biden said he received two COVID-19 tests on Friday after news that President Trump and the First Lady have tested positive for the virus, and the former vice president's team cancelled one of its previously planned events for safety concerns.

Driving the news: "We wanted to make sure that we're doing everything by the numbers," Biden said during remarks on the economy in Grand Rapids, Mich. "And so I got to two COVID tests this morning. One in Delaware and one by the former White House doc who came up. Everything is clear, we wanted to make sure everything was cleared before I came."

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Oct 2, 2020 - Energy & Environment

Oil lobby launches swing-state ad push in final stretch to Election Day

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The American Petroleum Institute is launching a digital ad barrage in the closing weeks of the election that promotes natural gas and industry access to drilling in areas Joe Biden would place off-limits.

Why it matters: API is the industry's most powerful lobbying group. The seven-figure buy shows how the industry sees the threat from Democratic climate proposals — including a ban on new oil-and-gas leases on federal lands.

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