Call them Biden’s Secret Voters.
Political observers say a group of voters have appeared in this cycle: Republicans who have never supported a Democratic candidate – not for city council, Congress or the president – who suddenly find themselves ready to vote for the democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani visits Fox Business host after comparing him to Christopher Steele Trump seeks to build support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels tells new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE.
And they don’t want anyone to know about it.
In 2016, some strategists concluded that a number of voters secretly voted for Donald Trump but were not picked up by pollsters.
This year, strategists are questioning Biden voters in states and red counties who are not waving signs and keeping their opinions relatively calm, but who could help the former vice president not only win states. like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, but also other Democratic states lost to Trump in 2016, such as Iowa, North Carolina and Georgia, which the vice president visited on Tuesday.
“There is a lot of evidence that they exist and that they are everywhere,” said a Biden ally.
In Florida, a crucial battleground state for Trump’s re-election bid, there may be some trepidation, at least in some pockets, about publicly declaring support for Biden.
“I’m not going out to say it,” a Palm Beach County Republican supporting Biden told The Hill. “But I allow people to connect the dots.”
The voter, who has never supported a Democrat before and lives with another Republican, added that “It’s not that I’m ashamed to vote for Biden. I know I am doing the right thing. I just don’t want that there.
“I think a lot of people must feel the same,” the Republican said.
A number of Republicans, of course, have spoken of their disloyalty to Trump. They include the former secretary of state Colin PowellColin Luther Powell Democrats See Signs of Biden Hidden Voters Turning Back Former US GOP GOP Lawyers Who Back Biden, Say Trump “Threatens Rule of Law” How Each of Us Can Help Heal Our Ailments nation PLUS and former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele.
Project Lincoln, another high-profile example, is a PAC formed by prominent Republican strategists who regularly hit Trump, most notably with a Demi Lovato music video, “Commander in Chief,” released on Tuesday.
A group of former aides to former President George W. Bush – “43 Biden alumni” – have also publicly expressed their support for Biden and created a fundraising page on their website.
But there are also GOP voters who are not public about siding with Biden.
Tony Fratto, a second Bush White House veteran, said there were certainly some Republican voters who support Biden but don’t talk about it with friends or neighbors.
“They are not shy around me because they know how I feel,” he says.
Fratto said the fact that there are high-profile Republicans breaking away from Trump could help other voters feel more secure voting quietly against a party they have long identified with.
“We’ve never seen anything like it,” he says. “And it lets people know that there are prominent Republicans publicly. There is comfort in that.
A Monmouth University poll last summer found that 27% of those polled believe there are secret voters for Biden. Fifty-seven percent, however, say there are voters who secretly support Trump.
“The media consistently reports Biden leading the way, but voters remember what happened in 2016,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “The specter of a Trump secret ballot looms in 2020.”
The Trump campaign and his allies have aired this idea, claiming that polls showing Biden leading Trump nationally and in swing states are false.
The Biden campaign, however, is sending signals that show she is optimistic about her chances on Election Day.
Sending Biden to Georgia a week before the election underscores this confidence. Biden has also been stumped in Arizona in recent weeks, hoping to turn that state blue.
Democratic strategist Joel Payne said Biden’s post helped draw all kinds of voters, which could help him on Election Day next week.
“Part of Biden’s appeal from day one has been the ability to attract a broader coalition of voters, including Republican fence-sitters who feel alienated by President TrumpDonald John Trump Giuliani visits Fox Business host after comparing him to Christopher Steele Trump seeks to shore up his support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had $ 7 million in debt mostly related to Chicago project forgiven MORESaid Payne.
The Florida Republican who spoke anonymously to The Hill also feels “pushed into a corner” by Trump.
“I never thought I would support a Democrat. It’s not who I am, ”the Republican said. “But that was the only option.”