Could Donald Trump Really Quit The 2020 US Election Race?

Could Donald Trump Really Quit The 2020 US Election Race?
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Trump is now 14 points behind Biden, with election campaigning only just getting underway

Donald Trump could be nearing a decision over whether to run for a second term as president of the United States, or quit the US Presidential Election ahead of time.

President Trump has overseen four tumultuous years at the White House and is up for re-election this November.

But the 74-year-old is in a dire position heading into an expected one-on-one battle with Democrat Joe Biden, Trump’s biggest political rival.

Widespread criticism of his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, his reaction to civil unrest and a plunging US economy has sent Trump’s poll ratings tumbling.

He is now 14 points behind Biden, with election campaigning only just getting underway.

And despite his bravado in front of the cameras and on social media, it appears as though Trump’s future in the White House could be coming to a swift end.

Will Trump Quit?

A flurry of reports over the past few days have suggested Trump knows his chances of re-election are slimming—and that he could simply decide to walk instead of battling Biden.

Members of the Republican party are now wondering if Trump will drop out of the 2020 election race, according to Fox. It is claimed the president’s psyche is ‘fragile’ following a slump in the polls.

Indeed, further claims from Politico report that Trump has told allies of his worries over re-election.

Trump Odds Shifting

The reports come as political betting data – which often reflects the mood of polling – suggests Trump may be contemplating quitting the election race.

Trump was 1/33 to be the Republican candidate back in April. Those odds on Betfair have now widened to 1/9. Meanwhile, Mike Pence’s price dropped from 28/1 in April to 9/1 with Bet365 this week.

Granted, Pence is a long way off taking over as the Republican nominee but, if Trump walks, the VP will likely step up the ladder.

Could It Get Worse For Trump?

In the coming weeks Trump will hope to re-ignite his election push with further rallies up and down the country. However, with the coronavirus pandemic only growing in the United States, the president’s hopes of shifting attention to other political matters are dwindling.

Both Florida and Texas – two key 2020 election states – have tightened lockdown restrictions yet again after witnessing spikes of virus cases in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Arizona’s governor has ‘ordered the closure of bars, nightclubs, gyms, cinemas and water parks’.

And in a further blow to Trump’s reputation, two controversial books are due to be published over the summer.

His niece Mary Trump plans to release a book charting the toxic nature of the family empire, while Trump’s former chief of staff John Bolton has cast a scathing indictment of the presidency in his new memoir.

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