Despite holding multiple political events across a number of states to rally votes in favor of his party ahead of the midterm elections, President Joe Biden has fallen short of visiting at least 5 battleground states that could prove crucial in deciding whether the Democrats are able to retain their control over the House as well as the Senate

On Monday evening Biden was seen holding a rally in Maryland. Before that, he was campaigning in New York for Gov. Kathy Hochul. He and the first lady went to Texas on Sunday to insist that the nation’s very democracy is on the ballot.

“So much is at stake in this election,” Jill Biden said in Houston. “We must speak up on justice and democracy.”

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Just before Labor Day, Biden had attended 15 events for gubernatorial candidates, 14 events for Senate candidates, and 12 events for House candidates.

He even roped in his predecessor and friend, Barack Obama for one of the events in Pennsylvania on November 5. 

Biden missed out on key states

In total, he held five events for Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman, three for Hochul, and three for Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro.

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However, Biden did not travel to several key Senate battleground states, including Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, New Hampshire, and North Carolina, during the final months of the midterms.

Most people believe it was a carefully thought-out strategy from his party’s end as his appearances seem to be targeted toward states where Democrats have one of their best opportunities to reclaim a Republican-held governor’s seat. Hence the campaign strategy was to stick largely to Democratic strongholds rather than stumping in the more competitive territory.

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During his presidency, Biden has never traveled to Kansas, Maine, or Arizona — which are all gubernatorial battlegrounds. Instead, he has spent time in his home state of Delaware, and others like New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, California, Oregon, and Illinois.

He has also spent a day each in Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and New Jersey.