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Biden Widens Electoral College Lead Over Trump as Projection Shows Arizona, New Hampshire Shift Blue

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Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has increased his Electoral College lead over President Donald Trump, as a projection map shows Arizona and New Hampshire shifting blue.

The projection map, named Sabato’s Crystal Ball is created by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and the election race ratings “are based on a number of factors, including electoral history, polling, candidate quality, modeling, and reporting,” according to the map.

The map shows Electoral College changes for three key swing states, including Arizona, New Hampshire and Georgia. According to the map, Arizona moved from a “toss up” to “leans Democratic,” New Hampshire moved from “leans Democratic” to “likely Democratic” and Georgia went from “leans Republican” to a “toss up.”

According to Ballotpedia.org, during the 2016 election, Trump won Arizona by 3.6 points but lost New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton by 0.3 points.

The shift to blue in Arizona and New Hampshire push Biden past 270 electoral votes needed as well as increasing his lead over the Republican president.

According to the map, Biden and the Democrats are projected 290 electoral votes, with 13 states listed as “safe Democratic,” six states listed as “likely Democratic and five states as “lean Democratic.”

In comparison, the map shows Trump and the Republicans having 163 electoral votes, with 13 states listed as “safe Republican,” seven states listed as “likely Republican” and just one state listed as “lean Republican.”

The remaining five states, Iowa, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida are listed as a toss-ups.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaks to the press before boarding his campaign plane at Wilmington Airport on October 8 in New Castle, Delaware. The increase in Biden’s Electoral College lead over Trump comes within a month till Election Day.
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Last week, the Crystal Ball Electoral College projection map showed

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Newsweek College Football Rankings, SEC’s Power Shift and Big 12 Chaos

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One week after Mississippi State went into Baton Rouge and upset the defending national champs, the Bulldogs went home to Starkville and came back to Earth with a thud. Mississippi State lost to Arkansas, as the Razorbacks snapped a 20-game losing streak in SEC play.

That’s a microcosm of college football this weekend.

Texas looked to be the frontrunner in the Big 12, but the Longhorns lost at home to TCU. The Oklahoma Sooners lost at Iowa State for the first time since 1960. The Sooners are 0-2 in the Big 12 and tied for last place with Kansas and Texas Tech.

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Max Duggan #15 of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrates after rushing for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 03, 2020 in Austin, Texas. TCU knocked off the Longhorns, 33-31, moving both teams to 1-1 in the Big 12 Conference.
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Tennessee surprisingly has the nation’s longest winning streak at eight games, which is tied with Notre Dame.

With the way 2020 has happened, it’s no surprise that this has already been a wacky college football season so far. There seems to be a shift in power in the SEC from the West to the East, the Big 12 is a total mess right now and Notre Dame and Miami are emerging in the ACC. North Carolina and Virginia Tech are also undefeated in the ACC, and they will square off this Saturday in North Carolina for a rematch of last year’s six-overtime game—which the Hokies won.

And how about this upcoming game on Saturday: Coastal Carolina (3-0) at Louisiana (3-0).

One thing that has remained constant, though, is that Clemson and Alabama are still clearly the best teams in college football, and