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NJ Attorney General is suing Trump administration over Tweet

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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is suing the Trump administration over claims the president made earlier this year on social media regarding low-income housing and its connection to rises in crime. 

Trump tweeted about the issue in July, referencing an Obama-era Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation he'd rescinded.

Secretary Ben Carson announced the change, which returned certain federal powers to the states and eliminated arduous paperwork. 

"I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low-income housing built in your neighborhood," the commander-in-chief wrote. "Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!" 

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Grewal, a Democrat, tweeted about the case on Monday, saying his formal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests had been ignored by the federal government, prompting him to bring the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

"Nothing," he tweeted. "That’s what we got from the Trump Administration when we requested data supporting the President’s claims linking affordable housing to crime. We called them out, and they came up empty. Now we’re suing for answers." 

Grewal said he is seeking any information supportive of Trump's claims from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and HUD, about the connection to spikes in criminal activity and low-income housing. 

A New York Post column stated that under the AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) rule, “towns everywhere would have had to scrap zoning, build bigger water and sewer lines to support high-density living, expand schools and social services and add mass transit. All pushing up local taxes. Towns that refused would lose their federal aid.”

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The same month Trump tweeted about a link between crime rates and low-income housing, he was also quoted as saying, “Your home will go down in value and crime rates will rapidly rise." 

“People have worked all their lives to get into a community," the president added. "And now they’re going to watch it go to hell. Not going to happen, not while I’m here.”

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Brandon Judd: Trump is strengthening border security, keeping violent criminals and illegal drugs out of US

National Border Patrol Council endorses President Trump

Insight from Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.

Anyone who cares about establishing an orderly immigration system and ending the flow of illegal drugs, violent criminals and human traffickers coming across our southern border should take heart from the undeniable fact that President Trump’s administration is winning the fight for border security.

 After years of growth, net migration into the United States was already dramatically decreasing before the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time since the 1960s, the percentage of the U.S. population made up of people born in other nations is shrinking.

This is proof of a profound change in the dynamics of migration in a direction most Americans have long supported, and it represents the culmination of longstanding efforts to address both illegal immigration and the unintended abuse of our lawful immigration system.

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The refugee system — set up to provide refuge for victims of war and persecution who had nowhere else to go, often on an explicitly temporary basis — had long since become a racket. It provided prestigious jobs in Washington for “resettlement experts” and taxpayer money for glorified slumlords, while generating massive fallout for unsuspecting American communities.

Today the system has finally been returned to its proper role. The 18,000-migrant cap is the lowest since the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980 dramatically raised quotas and ushered in a decades-long era of widespread abuse.

As a result, the data shows that our refugee slots are finally being used for their intended purpose of helping genuinely oppressed people and groups, while excluding “refugees” from areas rife with terrorist groups.

The asylum system, too, has been reined in, and no longer serves as a backdoor visa program. Under the “Remain in Mexico” policy initiated by President Trump and related cooperative agreements with Mexico and other countries to the south, claiming a “credible fear” of oppression in one’s home country is no longer a free ticket into the United States.

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The Justice Department has finally halted the rapid expansion of hardships that qualified someone as an “asylum seeker,” which allowed economic migrants to avoid scrutiny of their claims for months or years.

Even these significant asylum reforms are merely one part of a wider series of President Trump’s policy successes that helped defeat the so-called caravan waves of 2018 and 2019 and made the border safer and more secure than at any point in recent memory. 

Perhaps most importantly, we have made real progress on the border wall. More physical barriers go up every day, making our Border Patrol agents’ jobs easier and protecting our border communities.

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With the wall and other long-sought improvements to the border infrastructure, the Border Patrol is making tremendous gains in the fight against drugs and the brutal cartels that smuggle them into our country. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of violent gang members, including members of the vicious MS-13, have been evicted from our country.

 If you support border security — no matter what your reason — then you should take comfort from the knowledge that we are now closer than ever before to solving what once seemed like a politically intractable issue.

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Mars is 'triple its normal size' in sky next to Moon this week – visible with the naked eye

MARS is going to look big and bright in the night sky this week.

That's because the planet is about to reach opposition, which means it's about to line up exactly with the Sun and the Earth.

Mars will reach opposition on October 13 and you should be able to spot it in the night sky with the naked eye.

This stargazing event happens about every 2 years.

Nasa explains: "During opposition, Mars and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth.

"From our perspective on our spinning world, Mars rises in the east just as the sun sets in the west.

"Then, after staying up in the sky the entire night, Mars sets in the west just as the sun rises in the east.

"Since Mars and the sun appear on opposite sides of the sky, we say that Mars is in 'opposition'." 

You should look east/southeast about an hour after sunset.

Mars will look around three times bigger than usual so if you have binoculars or a telescope you could get an even better glimpse.

Try looking from an area with limited light pollution.

You can also download a sky scanning app which can tell you exactly what you're looking at just by holding your phone to the sky.

To the untrained eye, Mars will look like a very bright reddish star.

It will be near the constellation of Pisces.

Mars facts

Here’s what you need to know about the red planet…

  • Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun
  • It is named after the Roman god of war
  • The landmass of Mars is very similar to Earth but due to the difference in gravity you could jump three times higher there than you can here
  • Mars is mountainous and hosts the tallest mountain known in the Solar System called Olympus Mons, which is three times higher than Everest
  • Mars is considered to be the second most habitable planet after Earth
  • It takes the planet 687 Earth days to orbit the Sun
  • So far, there has been 39 missions to Mars but only 16 of these have been successful

In other space news, Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster has just passed Mars after he blasted it into space back in 2018.

Ancient asteroid Bennu contains the ingredients for life, according to Nasa experts.

And, Musk wants to send humans to Mars as early as 2024 aboard one of the huge rockets.

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Biden is silent now on court-packing stance, but in 1983 he called it a 'bonehead' idea

FLASHBACK: Biden is silent now on court-packing stance, but in 1983 he called it a ‘bonehead’ idea

Biden said he was against court-packing 40 years ago but now the former VP won’t give stance on the issue.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, have been mum on the question of court-packing should they win the November election, but in 1983 Biden was much more outspoken on the issue, calling it a “bonehead idea.”

Biden, then a U.S. Senator from Delaware, made the comments during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in July 1983 regarding nominations to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. At the time, Republican President Ronald Reagan had stoked controversy for attempting to replace three members of the commission.

Biden argued at the time that, although it was within the president’s right to do so, it risked damaging the credibility of the commission. He compared it to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s unsuccessful attempts in 1937 to expand the Supreme Court by six justices – in other words, pack the court.  

“President Roosevelt clearly had the right to send to the United States Senate and the United States Congress a proposal to pack the court. It was totally within his right to do that. He violated no law. He was legalistically, absolutely correct,” Biden, then 40, told the committee. “But it was a bonehead idea. It was a terrible, terrible mistake to make. And it put in question, if for an entire decade, the independence of the most-significant body … in this country, the Supreme Court of the United States of America.”

The question of court-packing has been evoked in recent weeks amid President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Democrats have argued that the next Supreme Court Justice ought to be decided by the winner of the November election and that Barrett’s confirmation to the court – so close to the election, no less – would unfairly cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the court.

With just three weeks to go until the election, Republicans have seized on the issue as a last-minute argument to voters that a Biden administration would upend norms and install liberals on an expanding Supreme Court.

Facing pressure to take a stance during a campaign swing through Phoenix on Thursday, Biden said the country would “know my position on court-packing when the election is over.”

Biden once again deflected on the court packing question on Saturday during in a campaign stop in Erie, Pennsylvania – telling reporters that should instead focus on Republican efforts to fill the empty seat on the Supreme Court before Election Day.

“Look, the only court packing that's going on right now. It’s going on with the Republicans packing the court now,” Biden said, arguing that “it’s not constitutional what they’re doing.”

Both Biden and Harris have said the Senate should wait until after the election to fill the seat. Biden has pledged to select the first Black female justice if given a chance. But he and Harris are otherwise taking pains to avoid talking about their vision for the Supreme Court's future.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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FIFA 21 review: Crossing is king and Career Mode gets an overhaul in latest EA Sports outing

ANOTHER year, another FIFA – but this year's been unlike any other.

With the world (and football) in crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 may be the perfect time to invest in a new game to take your mind off things – but is FIFA 21 worth your cash?

Like the hundreds of real teams who lack the funds to overhaul their squads, EA Sports has kept the additions to a minimum this time around.

FIFA 21's Career Mode has been given a much-needed revamp, adding the ability to jump in at key moments during simulated games.

It makes you feel a lot more involved in the action as you can take a penalty or free kick before hopping out of the match again.

Gamers can also take advantage of new Active Training, which lets you train multiple players at a time in group drills, as well as choose when they rest between games.

  • FIFA 21 Standard Edition on PS4 for £49 from Amazon – Buy now

In terms of gameplay, EA has changed things up a bit by adding a new Positioning Personality trait.

It improves in-game intelligence of your teammates, with smarter players now better at getting behind their opponents.

In my short time with the game, I've noticed this benefits attackers more than defenders – a well placed cross to the back post is a sure-fire way to get you a goal if a half-decent winger is running onto the end of it.

Attackers are also bolstered by the new Agile Dribbling system, which lets you shift the ball with rapid and precise touches.

It can look a little goofy but if used correctly is an over-powered tool for one-on-ones. Expect it to lead to numerous rage quits.

Moving on to multiplayer, and EA appear to have leaned heavily on the old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

FUT now has a companion app which you can use to make transfers and buy players and packs for those of you who find the chore of switching on your console a little too taxing.

I got my hands on the game early and so wasn't able to access FUT mode itself, but expect the same mix of dizzying highs and agonising lows as you lose 5-0 for the third game in a row.

  • FIFA 21 Standard Edition on Xbox One for £49.99 from Amazon – Buy now

Outside of multiplayer and career mode, Volta – EA's narrative-driven street football mode – makes a return.

The 3v3 games are a good way to practice your skills in tight spaces, but I much prefer good ol' fashion 11-a-side matches, personally.

Perhaps what's most interesting about FIFA 21 is not what's there, but what's missing.

With real crowds all-but absent due to Covid-19 restrictions, it's odd that the game doesn't mirror the eerily quiet atmospheres of stadiums in 2020.

Fans sit side by side without a mask in sight – a slightly jarring spectacle given the empty stands we're now used to seeing on telly.

Another omission of note is VAR, making FIFA 21 the third of EA's footy games in a row to leave out video referees from the action.

Given the controversy surrounding the real VAR, this is perhaps a smart move, but they'll have to bring it in at some point, surely.

For all its hype and star-studded marketing, the key question is: Is FIFA 21 worth your hard-earned dough?

  • FIFA 21 500GB PS4 Console + Second DualShock 4 Wireless Controller Bundle (PS4) for £279.99 – Buy Now

EA has added a couple of nifty features, and appears to have evaded the glitches and bugs that plagued last year's title, but overall there's not a great deal to write home about.

Given the lack of any blockbuster additions, it feels like FIFA 21 is a stepping stone game for the hardcore fans only.

If you're a FIFA obsessive who lives for FUT, grab yourself a copy (you were going to regardless of what I said, weren't you?)

However, if you're a casual fan who's bought a FIFA within the past two seasons, you can probably give it a miss.

FIFA 21 is out on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on October 9. It will launch on the Xbox Series X and PS5 later this year.

In other news, here's everything you need to know about the new FIFA game.

You can find the best pre-order deals for the footy simulator here.

And, Brit boxing legend Anthony Joshua is available as a playable character in the game.

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When is the meteor shower tonight? How to watch the Draconids in the UK

THE DRACONID meteor shower is set to reach peak brightness this evening.

It's best viewed as soon as it gets dark so you won't have to stay up too late to try and spot some shooting stars.

How to see the Draconid meteor shower in the UK

The Draconids is the first meteor shower of the month.

What you need to do to watch this meteor shower is pretty much the same for all those in the Northern Hemisphere, including the UK and the US.

It will be active from October 6 to October 10 but will be at its best on Wednesday October 7.

You should start looking for them anytime after dusk.

The Draconids is actually the only shower that's best to watch just after nightfall and not too late in the evening.

Sometimes the Draconids only features a handful of meteors per hour.

However, there have been occasions when stargazers have been treated to the sight of thousands of the shooting stars.

The meteors are often too small and fast to spot without a telescope.

If you do want to try and spot them then your best chance will be in a rural area far away from light pollution.

The shooting stars are coming from the direction of the Draco the dragon constellation.

This also happens to be the constellation that they're named after.

They are created as the Earth passes through the debris from the 21 P/Giacobini-Zinner comet.

The Draconids are well-known for being unpredictable and no one can say for sure how many meteors people will be able to see.

What’s the difference between an asteroid, meteor and comet?

Here’s what you need to know, according to Nasa…

  • Asteroid: An asteroid is a small rocky body that orbits the Sun. Most are found in the asteroid belt (between Mars and Jupiter) but they can be found anywhere (including in a path that can impact Earth)
  • Meteoroid: When two asteroids hit each other, the small chunks that break off are called meteoroids
  • Meteor: If a meteoroid enters the Earth's atmosphere, it begins to vapourise and then becomes a meteor. On Earth, it'll look like a streak of light in the sky, because the rock is burning up
  • Meteorite: If a meteoroid doesn't vapourise completely and survives the trip through Earth's atmosphere, it can land on the Earth. At that point, it becomes a meteorite
  • Comet: Like asteroids, a comet orbits the Sun. However rather than being made mostly of rock, a comet contains lots of ice and gas, which can result in amazing tails forming behind them (thanks to the ice and dust vapourising)

 

In other space news, four Nasa astronauts will board a Crew Dragon spacecraft on October 31 on a trip to the International Space Station

The US Space Force will one day send humans into space and could set up its own Moon base staffed by robots, a US General has confirmed.

And, Musk wants to send humans to Mars as early as 2024 aboard one of the huge rockets.

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Jimmy Failla: Trump is on pace to win 2020 election in a 'lawn-slide' — here's why I say that

‘A big moment’: President Trump exits Walter Reed Medical Center

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden looks to be ahead in most polls but you’d never know it from driving through the Midwest and counting the campaign signs on people’s houses. No, by that metric, President Trump is on pace to win in a lawn-slide. Ahem.

It’s too early to tell what effect, if any, the earth-shaking events of the past week with the president's positive COVID-19 diagnosis and subsequent hospitalization will have on voters. But I can report with full confidence that a recent family road trip took us through the battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan and in all three states the “Biden-Harris” signs were running a distant third behind “Trump-Pence” and “Sweet Corn For Sale.”

I was so taken by the phenomenon that I’ve been discussing it non-stop with our nation’s truck drivers on my radio show, "Fox Across America," to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating from all the sugar I ingested at road-side pie stands.

With less than 30 days until the election, the general consensus from callers to my radio show is that Trump signs, outnumber Biden signs, by about 25 to 1 in all 50 states.

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Yes, there are occasional pockets in liberal strongholds like Illinois and Oregon where Biden holds a solid lead, and there have been dozens of accusations of sign-theft from supporters of both campaigns.

But on the whole, the trucker polls show Trump enjoying a massive edge in signage and that’s some seriously bad news for Democrats because lawn signs represent next level passion.

Anyone can tell a pollster they’re voting for a candidate. The difference between committing on the phone and committing on your property is the difference between going to see "Star Wars" and showing up dressed as Chewbacca.

As was the case in 2016, Trump voters have ‘Chewie’ passion while Democrats are exhibiting all the joy of a person watching their 12th consecutive preview.

Despite their weapons-grade levels of hatred, the left still hasn’t learned the key lesson from the 2016 election, which is that voters are far more passionate when they have someone to vote <em>for</em> as opposed to someone to vote against. 

Look no further than the president’s stay at the Walter Reed Medical Center this weekend.

Thousands of fans showed up to express their support, which has to be considered an encouraging sign, especially when you consider that most nights, Biden is lucky if he gets the pizza guy to show up, let alone thousands of fans.  

I’m not trying to sound dismissive of the former V.P.’s chances. There are millions of Democrats who hate this president — so much so that on Friday night Twitter had to issue a warning to any account wishing him harm after his COVID-19 diagnosis.

You know, because “when they go low, we go high?”

But despite their weapons-grade levels of hatred, the left still hasn’t learned the key lesson from the 2016 election, which is that voters are far more passionate when they have someone to vote for as opposed to someone to vote against.

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Biden and the Democrats have not given anyone that sense of purpose, choosing instead to devote the vast majority of their messaging to the same old tired chorus of “Orange Man Bad.”

Which might explain why spotting a “Biden-Harris” sign in many states across this country is almost as rare as a sign of the candidate himself.

You can tell me Joe’s calendar has been light because he’s trying to steer clear of the coronavirus, but to be clear, I’m not asking him to take off his mask and give people a hug, I’m asking him to give people an effort.

Act like you want the gig.

In the past week alone, the Biden campaign has called a "lid" on public appearances before 10:00 am on five different occasions.

It’s not exactly the hallmark of a guy who’s fighting ’til the death.  If anything, it looks like Joe’s fighting til the nap.

Think about it: a hospitalized Donald Trump made more campaign appearances on Sunday than Joe Biden did.

And whether you agree with the president’s drive-by in a van at Walter Reed or not, there’s no escaping the fact that most people campaign harder to be the president of their fantasy football league than Biden has to be president of the United States.

There have been more Elvis sightings than Biden sightings in the state of Florida alone. Although, to be fair, Biden did campaign in Florida on Monday.

Sure, the media is doing most of the heavy lifting by attacking President Trump incessantly, even during his hospitalization. And yes, the Biden campaign has a massive spending advantage in the final month of the race.

But all the money and media support in the world can’t win you the White House if voters aren’t passionate about your candidacy.

And if you don’t believe me, ask President Hillary.

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The truth is, there are a ton of parallels between this race and 2016. Perhaps the most damning one for the Biden campaign is that the polls tell one story but our eyes tell another.

How this plays out is still anyone’s guess, but despite all the setbacks the president has endured in the past week, don’t be surprised if he pulls another upset because the signs are everywhere.

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FIFA 21 review: Crossing is king and Career Mode gets an overhaul in latest EA Sports outing

ANOTHER year, another FIFA – but this year's been unlike any other.

With the world (and football) in crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 may be the perfect time to invest in a new game to take your mind off things – but is FIFA 21 worth your cash?

Like the hundreds of real teams who lack the funds to overhaul their squads, EA Sports has kept the additions to a minimum this time around.

FIFA 21's Career Mode has been given a much-needed revamp, adding the ability to jump in at key moments during simulated games.

It makes you feel a lot more involved in the action as you can take a penalty or free kick before hopping out of the match again.

Gamers can also take advantage of new Active Training, which lets you train multiple players at a time in group drills, as well as choose when they rest between games.

  • FIFA 21 Standard Edition on PS4 for £49 from Amazon – Buy now

In terms of gameplay, EA has changed things up a bit by adding a new Positioning Personality trait.

It improves in-game intelligence of your teammates, with smarter players now better at getting behind their opponents.

In my short time with the game, I've noticed this benefits attackers more than defenders – a well placed cross to the back post is a sure-fire way to get you a goal if a half-decent winger is running onto the end of it.

Attackers are also bolstered by the new Agile Dribbling system, which lets you shift the ball with rapid and precise touches.

It can look a little goofy but if used correctly is an over-powered tool for one-on-ones. Expect it to lead to numerous rage quits.

Moving on to multiplayer, and EA appear to have leaned heavily on the old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

FUT now has a companion app which you can use to make transfers and buy players and packs for those of you who find the chore of switching on your console a little too taxing.

I got my hands on the game early and so wasn't able to access FUT mode itself, but expect the same mix of dizzying highs and agonising lows as you lose 5-0 for the third game in a row.

  • FIFA 21 Standard Edition on Xbox One for £49.99 from Amazon – Buy now

Outside of multiplayer and career mode, Volta – EA's narrative-driven street football mode – makes a return.

The 3v3 games are a good way to practice your skills in tight spaces, but I much prefer good ol' fashion 11-a-side matches, personally.

Perhaps what's most interesting about FIFA 21 is not what's there, but what's missing.

With real crowds all-but absent due to Covid-19 restrictions, it's odd that the game doesn't mirror the eerily quiet atmospheres of stadiums in 2020.

Fans sit side by side without a mask in sight – a slightly jarring spectacle given the empty stands we're now used to seeing on telly.

Another omission of note is VAR, making FIFA 21 the third of EA's footy games in a row to leave out video referees from the action.

Given the controversy surrounding the real VAR, this is perhaps a smart move, but they'll have to bring it in at some point, surely.

For all its hype and star-studded marketing, the key question is: Is FIFA 21 worth your hard-earned dough?

  • FIFA 21 500GB PS4 Console + Second DualShock 4 Wireless Controller Bundle (PS4) for £279.99 – Buy Now

EA has added a couple of nifty features, and appears to have evaded the glitches and bugs that plagued last year's title, but overall there's not a great deal to write home about.

Given the lack of any blockbuster additions, it feels like FIFA 21 is a stepping stone game for the hardcore fans only.

If you're a FIFA obsessive who lives for FUT, grab yourself a copy (you were going to regardless of what I said, weren't you?)

However, if you're a casual fan who's bought a FIFA within the past two seasons, you can probably give it a miss.

FIFA 21 is out on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on October 9. It will launch on the Xbox Series X and PS5 later this year.

In other news, here's everything you need to know about the new FIFA game.

You can find the best pre-order deals for the footy simulator here.

And, Brit boxing legend Anthony Joshua is available as a playable character in the game.

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Trump team thinks Nevada is in play. Is it?

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The Trump campaign has been hitting Nevada harder than ever this election season, and officials seem to believe the state might be President Trump’s for the taking this November.

Nevada hasn’t elected a Republican president since George Bush in 2004, but could that change this year?

Trump lost the Silver State, which has six votes in the electoral college, in 2016 to Hillary Clinton by 2.4%, a lower margin than Barack Obama won the state in the previous two elections.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has consistently led the state in polling. FiveThirtyEight’s current polling average has Biden up by 6.5%–slightly lower than his national polling average lead according to FiveThirtyEight, which is 7.3%.

Yet Rep. Mark Amodei, Nevada's only Republican in the House, seems optimistic.

"I kind of chuckle, I don't think Governor Sisolak called the legislature into special session 90 days before the election to change a bunch of election rules because they thought it was a slam dunk for Joe Biden," Amodei told Fox News in an interview.

"Especially when governors historically are loath to call the legislature into special session," he continued.

In August, Nevada's Democrat-controlled state legislature overhauled its mail-in voting system, approving a plan to send absentee ballots to every registered voter in the state.

Trump, valiantly defying Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak’s coronavirus orders, has held two rallies in the state.

“Fifty-two days from now, we’re going to win Nevada, and then we’re going to win another four years,” Trump told supporters in the state.  The president’s children have held events in the state in the past week- Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.

"They put their money where their mouth is in terms of organization– North, South, rural…" Amodei said.

"Last time a Republican played in the state till the end he did okay, and that was the Bush folks," he continued, noting that Sen. Mitt Romney, the presidential nominee in 2012, and Sen. John McCain, the nominee in 2008, gave up on campaigning in the state well before the election.

“President Trump has spent his first term delivering wins for the Silver State, and with a campaign that’s had a permanent presence in Nevada for years, the president has all the momentum heading into November,” Samantha Zager, deputy national press secretary for the Trump campaign, told Fox News.

The Trump team boasts that they’ve made over 2.5 million voter contacts in the state this election cycle. Nevada Trump Victory has held over 1,000 Trump Victory Leadership Initiative and over 950 MAGA meetups. They said they've registered 9,600 voters.

The Nevada Democrats scoffed at the idea Trump could take the state this year.

"While Trump lied about the seriousness of the pandemic, Nevada's Democratic leaders have filled the void and made the tough decisions needed to keep residents safe, responsibly reopen the economy and get people back to work. This is why Nevada Democrats are confident voters will once again reject Trump this fall," Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Madison Mundy said in a statement to Fox News.

According to Christina Ladam, professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, whoever woos the state’s independent voters could take home the electorate.

“As of August, there are more than 90,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans in the state. That said, there are over 390,000 Nevadans registered as nonpartisan,” Ladam told Fox News. “This suggests that is a pretty large number of voters up for grabs.”

But Ladam said the coronavirus pandemic may swing the state in former Vice President Biden’s favor.

“Unemployment due to coronavirus has hit the nation hard, and Nevada even more so. As of August, the unemployment rate is 13.2% in the state, as compared to the 8.4% at the national level,” Ladam said.

“If we relate this to the approval numbers of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus (which are quite low, lower than the general approval numbers), we might expect these unemployment numbers to hurt Trump especially hard in Nevada,” the professor continued.

But Trump seems to think pressing against lockdowns could help win over Nevada residents.

“Open up your state!" Trump said at a rally near Las Vegas, calling Sisolak a "political hack" for keeping it closed.

Richard Ganzel, Professor Emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno, said Trump will have to overcome demographic factors– "The exodus of largely southern California conservatives that initially countered the service-based labor majority since the mid-1980s being matched and then exceeded by primarily Mexican/Latino numbers who will retain loyalty" to Democrats.

The state's Latino numbers have grown by double digits in the last 10 years to comprise one-third of the population.

The Culinary Union in Nevada, known for its influence in the state’s politics, has endorsed Biden. The union has an active get-out-the-vote program that drives voter turnout in the state. Still, the pandemic may mean that members and others they drive to vote will be less able to due to disruptions.

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“Nothing is promised,” Culinary Union communications director Bethany Khan said of Biden’s chances in the state. “That’s why the Culinary Union is running the largest political effort we have ever run. We were out early — started August 1st. We have 200 canvassers right now and we are scaling up every week.”

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