One reason Mr. Trump may feel differently is that he may not be the winner. Biden steadily leads president in opinion polls for months, new poll released Sunday from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found the Democrats’ lead stable at 51 percent to 43 percent, virtually unchanged from before the two-party nominations. Mr. Trump’s focus on law and order in recent weeks has not changed the overall dynamics of the struggle, and nine out of 10 respondents said their minds were strong.
The White House hopes a Supreme Court case will make a difference when it’s not all it’s so far, giving Republican voters interested in the courts, especially those opposed to legal abortion, a reason to prove it despite concerns about by handling the coronavirus, the state of the economy or other issues.
“Trump needed a racing circuit to change the pace of the fight, which clearly favored Biden,” said Douglas W. Sosnik, who was President Bill Clinton’s White House political director during the 1996 re-election campaign. “Until now, the election has largely been about the impact of the coronavirus on public health and the economy, and every day that focuses on it is a bad day for Trump.”
Mr. Trump was sworn in at his campaign rally Saturday night to elect a woman, and people who briefed him on the process said Sunday he was thinking of a judge. Amy Coney Barrett of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Judge Barbara Lago of the 11th Circuit in Atlanta and Kate Todd, White House Deputy Advisor.
Judge Barrett, a favorite of conservatives for her fierce opposition to abortion, she is considered a favorite and many Republicans dealing with litigation would be disappointed if the president chose someone else. Judge Lagoa is seen as the second choice, appealing to the president especially because of her Cuban-American heritage and ties to Florida, a state that must win for Mr. Trump this fall.
Ms Todd, who helps manage the appointment process, has fans in the White House, although she is considered a distant third. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also promoted Judge Allison Jones Rushing of the fourth circuit in Richmond, who was appointed to the bench by Mr. Trump just last year and at the age of 38 is considered by many very young, according to people close to the process.