Women are driving President Trump's declining support among 65+ voters since the virus took hold, Alexi McCammond and Margaret Talev write.
- Why it matters: The 65+ vote helped put Trump over the top in 2016. Those voters made up more than a fourth of the electorate and went for Trump over Hillary Clinton, 53% to 44%, the Pew Research Center found.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Biden, 77, leading Trump, 73, by 22 points among female voters 65+.
- Trump leads Biden by 11 points among older men. That's what gets Biden to a 10-point overall lead among seniors.
A Monmouth University poll out last week shows another strength Biden has compared with Clinton when she faced Trump: He's winning voters who don't like either of the major party nominees by more than 40 percentage points.
- In 2016, Clinton lost them to Trump by 17 percentage points.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said: "Just like anyone else, senior citizens see President Trump leading the nation during the coronavirus response."
What's next: AARP will conduct battleground polling later this year to understand what's motivating seniors, the group's Nancy LeaMond said.
- The coronavirus has elevated members' concerns about nursing home safety and demands for more transparency and protections for patients as well as tax relief for family caregivers.
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- “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” Biden said later.
Charlamagne Tha God said on CNN: "A black woman running mate is necessary, especially after today.”