As people all over the world continue to make an effort to get through these tough times, be it the COVID-19 pandemic or the economic crisis, the Americans are facing an additional battle of their own. It is time for every American to vote for their preferred presidential candidate for this part of the decade. But one question that we all must be seeking an answer to is how this matters to the rest of the world; what is so special about the elections this year compared to the previous ones?
Well, the answer lies in the fact that we will be witnessing a drastic change in public and foreign policy, depending on which candidate wins the election for the upcoming term. An undeniable fact that we could all agree upon is how the change in these policies could affect the US's international relations with various countries, especially those in the South-Asian region – for better or for worse.
Right at the beginning of 2020, President Donald Trump was assured another victory according to various polls and reports. However, the President's fortune slowly started to go south because of all the chaos and panic created by the #BLM protests that raged across the United States and the pandemic claiming hundreds of thousands of American lives. These crises seemed to have caused an impact on the voting preferences of the American voters. As a result, it was predictable that his opponent Joe Biden would grab the opportunity and capitalize on these situations, despite having various sensitive accusations made against him by the Reds. Even though the first Presidential debate was a chaotic affair, the introduction of mute buttons helped to facilitate the second one in a more streamlined fashion.
On analysing the various state-wise polls, the last few months have witnessed a shocking change in trends. The results went from President Trump having a sure shot at winning the elections to Joe Biden taking the lead in the predicted polls at 51% (solid and leaning), tallying to about 279 votes. What is more shocking is that states like Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona, who have traditionally been Republican supporters, have made shifts to the Toss-Up zone. On the other hand, states such as California, Washington, and Illinois, who have traditionally supported the Democrats, continue to support the Blues like never before.
To conclude, back in 2016, despite most polls predicting Hillary Clinton as the future President, Trump's last-minute strategy to address the American job market and the immigration policies back then played a significant role in his victory. With Toss-Up states such as Texas, Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania being the primary game changers, will President Donald Trump be able to make a last-minute U-turn towards retaining his office, or will Joe Biden continue to lead the polls and make a return to the White House, but this time as POTUS? In light of what is at stake this year, November 3rd will decide the future of every American and the fate of international politics at large.