President Trump is in trouble.
He has lagged his presumptive Democratic opponent Joe Biden by a significant margin in national opinion polls throughout the year. His standing in the crucial swing states is not much better.
The economy, which was to be Trump’s central asset as he sought reelection, has been battered by the coronavirus. The pandemic, which has killed more than 160,000 people in the United States, is set to be the election’s dominant issue — and polls show Trump’s handling of it meets with broad disapproval.
But even though the situation looks bleak for Trump now, there are at least five plausible ways that he could come back into contention.