The President is set to win, but October polls show a slight advantage for Democrat Biden.
Arizona has 11 Electoral College votes out of the 270 needed to win the presidential election. In 2016, Trump won this state by a margin of 4 percentage points.
“We are in first place in Arizona,” Trump said at a political rally in Prescott two weeks before the election.
Average data from major polls released this month shows Democratic candidate Joe Biden leading Arizona by about 3 percentage points, within the statistical margin of error for most polls.
This means that political observers consider the race in this state almost a draw.
At a rally in Prescott, Trump denounced the media for paying constant attention to the coronavirus, saying that Americans are tired of news coverage of the pandemic and that this is an attempt to suppress the vote.
“People won’t buy it, CNN, you stupid freaks,” the President said.
Arizona hasn’t elected a Democrat for President in 24 years. Republicans still dominate registered voters.
It is unlikely that Trump will win re-election without winning Arizona, said Ruth Jones, Professor emeritus at the school of political and global studies at Arizona State University.
“If this wave goes against him in Arizona, this trend against him will likely show up in one or two other undecided or necessary states,” Jones said.
The headquarters of Democratic candidate Joe Biden released a statement criticizing Trump’s visit to Arizona.
“President Trump is spending the last days of his campaign trying to sow discord and distract the American people from their failure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. He wants to sell more of the same reckless leadership to Arizona families that destroyed the state’s economy, led to the closure of thousands of small businesses, and threatens protections for 2.8 million Arizonans with previously identified illnesses,” Biden said in a statement.