Donald Trump storms into SEVEN-POINT lead over Biden in battleground state of Iowa just weeks after they were tied

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DONALD Trump has stormed into a seven-point lead over Joe Biden in a key battleground state - just weeks after they stood neck-and-neck.

The latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows the president is now ahead of his election rival by 48 per cent to 41 per cent.

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Donald Trump has stormed into a seven-point lead over election rival Joe Biden in Iowa

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Donald Trump has stormed into a seven-point lead over election rival Joe Biden in IowaCredit: AP:Associated Press

In September, the same poll revealed Trump and Biden were dead level with 47 per cent each among prospective voters.

The new tally was conducted by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines between October 26 and 29 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 per cent.  

More than half of the 814 polled revealed they had already cast their ballots via early or mail-in voting.  

Among those, 55 per cent said they had voted for Biden compared to 32 per cent for Trump. 

However, among those who plan to vote on Election Day itself, Trump leads Biden 64 per cent to 28 per cent.  

Three per cent of those asked said that they would vote for someone else, while two per cent said they hadn't yet decided who to back.

Five per cent would not disclose who they planned to choose.    

"The president is holding demographic groups that he won in Iowa four years ago, and that would give someone a certain level of comfort with their standing, "J. Ann Selzer, of Selzer & Co., told the Des Moines Register

The latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa shows the president is now ahead of Biden by 48 per cent to 41 per cent

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The latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa shows the president is now ahead of Biden by 48 per cent to 41 per centCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Trump has declared he may continue campaigning after Election Day if no clear winner emerges in the contest.

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Trump has declared he may continue campaigning after Election Day if no clear winner emerges in the contest.Credit: AP:Associated Press

"There's a consistent story in 2020 to what happened in 2016," Selzer said before adding "neither candidate hits 50 per cent, so there’s still some play here."

Trump carried Iowa by 9.4 percentage points in 2016, but his chances at a repeat 2020 win in the state appeared in doubt until the new poll.

On Friday, Biden told a drive-in rally in Des Moines: "I'll work as hard for those who don't support me as those who do.

"In my administration, there will be no red states or blue states, just the United States of America."

Trump still trails Biden in most national opinion polls ahead of Tuesday’s Election Day.

But the race is seen as close in enough swing states that Trump could still piece together the 270 votes needed to prevail in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner.

And the Sun Online has reported how Biden's national lead has dropped to less than five per cent, while the battleground states sit at a much closer three per cent margin.

Trump still trails Biden in most national opinion polls ahead of Tuesday’s Election Day (Above IBD/TIPP tracking poll from October 31)

Trump still trails Biden in most national opinion polls ahead of Tuesday’s Election Day (Above IBD/TIPP tracking poll from October 31)

Trump supporters at a Make America Great Again rally at Hickory Regional Airport, North Carolina 

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Trump supporters at a Make America Great Again rally at Hickory Regional Airport, North Carolina Credit: AFP or licensors

Trump will hold rallies in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan later today.

He won those states in 2016 against Democrat Hillary Clinton, but polls show Biden is threatening to recapture them for Democrats.

Trump will wrap up his campaign in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the same place he concluded his 2016 presidential run.

But he has declared he may continue campaigning after Election Day if no clear winner emerges in the contest.

A record number of voters are set to cast their ballot by mail this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, meaning that the results in some key battleground states might not be called on Tuesday night.

"Don't miscount the fact that Trump will continue to do rallies while they're still counting votes," one adviser told Politico.

Biden, running mate Kamala Harris and their spouses will spend most of today in Pennsylvania, splitting up to hit all four corners of a state that has become vital to the former vice president’s hopes.

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He will rally union members and members of the African-American community in the Pittsburgh area before being joined for an evening drive-in rally in Pittsburgh by singer Lady Gaga.

He will also make a detour to bordering Ohio, spending time on his final campaign day in a state which was once considered a lock-in for Trump, who won it in 2016, but where polls now show a close contest.

Biden has wrapped up the campaign on the offensive, traveling almost exclusively to states that Trump won in 2016 and criticizing the president’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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