PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 07:01, Wed, Oct 28, 2020
The US election is a week away, with the ballot tipped to be one of the most contentious in recent history. Currently, the Democrats' Joe Biden has surged ahead of President Donald Trump in the polls. The incumbent is now making last-ditch attempts in key states to win over the American people and secure a second term in office.
Mr Trump hit headlines this week not for his election campaign but for his fast-tracking the conservative intellectual, Amy Coney Barrett, into the Supreme Court.
The move has stirred much controversy, not least because it now gives the Republicans a significant majority in the Court, with six having been nominated by a Republican President, three by a Democrat.
Pollsters say that, despite Mr Biden's lead, swing states like Texas and Florida could tip the election result either way.
Florida has a reputation in recent years of offering favour to the Republicans.
Amy Coney Barrett: The conservative intellectual too the recently passed Ruth Bader Ginsburg's place (Image: GETTY)
In 2016, despite losing the nationwide popular vote, the results from Florida were the first sign that Democrat Hilary Clinton was in trouble.
In two of the last three Democratic defeats, winning Florida would have meant taking the White House.
Florida also played into the hands of the Republicans in the 2000 ballot, in what has become known as the Al Gore vs George W Bush debacle.
It was here that the vote was so close that several recounts took place.
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George W Bush: The former Republican President won the 2000 election after the Supreme Court ruling (Image: GETTY)