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Preparing for the 'red mirage'

In the frightening conclusion of last week's bizarre presidential debate, President Trump took advantage of a national televised audience to lie about vote-by-mail. Trump seems to be laying the groundwork to dispute the election if it does not go his way, preparing to attack the legitimacy of mail-in ballots received after Election Day if in-person voting favors him in key states.

Because so many mail-in ballots will be counted after Nov. 3, and because Biden voters are much more likely to vote by mail, it's possible the known results by the end of the night may skew toward Trump. Since many states will allow ballots postmarked by Election Day to count, the results could shift in Biden's direction slowly over the course of several days as mail-in ballots are processed. This problem is known as "the red mirage."

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