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The Nation Correspondent: Wisconsin likely to have 'very close' election results

The Nation magazine’s national affairs correspondent, John Nichols, said Friday that despite some polls putting Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE ahead of President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE in Wisconsin, the final results are likely to be close in the Badger State. 

The latest RealClearPolitics polling average places Biden ahead of Trump in Wisconsin by approximately 4.6 percentage points, although a Susquehanna poll last week labeled the race as a tie and a Reuters/Ipsos poll put Biden in the lead by a margin of 8 points. 

“Washington always misses everything about Wisconsin,” Nichols said on Hill.TV’s “Rising" Friday. “The one dynamic of Wisconsin that people have to understand is that this is an evenly split state. It has been for a very, very long time.” 

“Its deep pattern is to have very, very close presidential results,” he said about the state that Trump won in 2016 by less than one percentage point over then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE

The most prominent issue in Wisconsin this election, according to Nichols, is the state’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases, with recent data showing an average of 3,000 new infections per day in the state. 

Watch the interview with Nichols above.