Donald Trump during the first presidential debate for 2024 elections
Donald Trump during the first presidential debate ahead of the 2024 elections Via AFP

SEATTLE - It has been an important week for both presidential nominees ahead of the 2024 elections this November. A little less than a week after the first presidential debate of this election cycle, former President Donald Trump has turned around his campaign while President Joe Biden's flop has raised concerns about his capacities to lead the United States for another term.

Since June 27, Trump has landed small victories in court and in front of the American voters and, just like South Carolina GOP Chairman Drew McKissick argues, "Big Mo is clearly on Trump's side," with "Big Mo" being a slang for momentum, as he believes Trump has gained a lot of support in the last week. "From the national polls to most of the battleground state polls — and he is setting fundraising records — it has been a great several weeks," he said.

In May, Trump was found guilty on all 34 counts of business document fraud in the New York hush money trial, becoming the first president – former or current – charged with criminal activity.

Just this week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed him a win by delaying his sentence on the 34 counts of falsifying business records related to the hush money payments to a porn star ahead of the 2016 election, saying that core presidential functions are immune from prosecution. His sentencing, originally scheduled for the second week of July, will not take place until at least September.

Last weeks debate also helped Trump in terms of bumping his support as President Biden struggled massively and, as a result, many post-debate polls found that it made voters reconsider who they might vote for in November. According to FiveThirtyEight, the vast majority of national polls have the Republican nominee ahead of President Biden and swing states such as New Hampshire, who has not voted Republican since 2000, are now up for grabs.

According to data from OpenLabs and Puck News say that, if the election were to be held today, President Biden would not only lose all seven of the swing states considered to be the key to the White House in 2024 (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin), but also states he won by a wide margin in the 2020 election, such as Virginia, New Hampshire and New Mexico.

Despite all the momentum trending on Trump's favor, the Biden campaign has insisted that the president is not dropping out of the race. A second presidential debate is scheduled to take place on September 10.

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