EMBOLDENED BY SURGING polling advantages and alarmed at President Donald Trump’s taunting talk about delaying the elections, many Democrats are changing their goal for this November.

It’s not sufficient to just win enough Electoral College votes to elect Democrat Joe Biden as the next president, their argument goes. They have to wallop Trump – widening the Democrats’ political footprint after four tumultuous years and discouraging Trump from trying to challenge the election results.

Democratic activists and state party officials emphasize that they aren’t taking anything for granted. And many rank-and-file Democrats feel burned by 2016, when political prognosticators – but not polls, which were fairly accurate – predicted an easy win by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

But this year, when Trump’s polling numbers are tumbling amid the coronavirus pandemic, the worst quarterly economic report on record and fights for racial justice, there is a growing sense that Biden can and should go big.

“Many people have been coming out and saying that not only do we need a win, we need a big win, so there’s nothing Trump can say regarding challenging the results of the election,” says Darlene McDonald, a Biden volunteer in Utah and a newly elected Democratic national committeewoman.

The Biden campaign won’t be investing resources in the Beehive State, but Utahans for Biden meet weekly and are running their own effort to make the state more competitive, forcing Trump to make an effort there as well as helping down-ticket Democratic candidates, she says, noting a May poll showing Trump ahead of Biden by 3 percentage points.

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