However, not everyone who opposed the main candidates in 2016 still wants to choose a side.
“It’s an incredibly bad choice twice now,” said Richard Vinroot, a former Republican mayor of Charlotte, NC, who opposed Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton in 2016, and will not be voting for Mr. Trump or Mr. Biden this year. “I am very disappointed with the choice we have. “
The Trump campaign hopes to fuel the perception that Mr. Biden and the Democratic Party are too radical, seeking to link Mr. Biden to his party’s most progressive voices at a time of national unrest over racism and the police.
“Our data shows that a lot of people know Joe Biden, but not many know a lot about him,” said Tim Murtaugh, spokesperson for Trump’s re-election campaign, calling Mr. Biden “unable to stand up.” to most of the extreme elements in his party.
“On election day, voters will be aware of this,” he said.
Yet polls show that it is Mr. Trump who is out of step with much of the country on racial justice issues. And Mr. Biden, who supported protesters of police brutality, also rejected the most ambitious measures proposed by some members of his party – for example, he opposes funding for the police.
Back in Arizona, 85-year-old Barbara Hill thought about her 2016 vote.
“I voted for someone else on the ballot,” she said. “I wasted my vote, in other words, but I couldn’t bear either.”
This time, she said, she will vote for Mr. Biden.
Nate Cohn contributed to the report.