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By: Alyssa Walrad

The 2020 election year has proved to have its unique quirks and stand alone as one of the most engaging periods in modern history. Just a few weeks from election day, both candidates are flipping the script and following a new format leading up to Nov. 3.

President Trump opted out of the Oct. 15 debate when it was declared by the bipartisan Commission of Presidential Debates that the event will be virtual, claiming he will not “waste time” with a live debate. With over 2633 million people having already cast their votes, it is apparent Americans have made up their minds.

Both candidates held separate town hall events that gave voters the opportunity to ask any lingering questions. Biden, who held his event live on ABC News in Philadelphia, thrived in the more intimate setting and was able to address voter concerns directly without playing defense. Hosted by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, the event was overall lax, with Stephanopoulos following up with questions on a few occasions.

The same evening and at the same time, Trump held a town hall in Florida on NBC, hosted by Savannah Guthrie. The same laid back attitude could not be found in Trump’s event, where Guthrie pressed the president on a number of issues plaguing news outlets today, far more than Fox News’ Chris Wallace or Biden were able to in last month’s debate.

Guthrie called Trump out on retweets of conspiracy group QAnon and the mysterious theory that Biden had Seal Team 6 cover up Osama Bin Laden’s fake death, finally saying the words we all wish we could: “You’re the president — you’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever!” It begs the question: what is the standard we, as Americans, should uphold someone in power to?

In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, Biden leads President Trump 52-42 percent among voters, which has not changed since another poll conducted on Sept. 2. According to Quinnipiac University poll analyst Tim Malloy, “Voters think Biden is smarter, more honest, more level headed, and cares more about Americans than the president. And that, in part, translates into a ten-point lead.”

Though, according to the poll, that 57 percent of voters who plan on voting in person on Election Day share that they support Trump, 65 to 68 percent of voters who casted their votes early at various polling stations in their state or sent in absentee ballots support Biden. Additionally, Malloy states that “nearly two-thirds of likely voters don’t anticipate going to bed on November 3rd with the election settled,” adding that only 30 percent of voters believe we will know the results on election night. The unique state of this entire election period does not seem to be coming to an end on Nov. 3, which leaves a looming feeling over Americans.