Weekend Reads On D-3 of the ballot, Biden and Trump are working hard in key states

21:15  31 october  2020
21:15  31 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Joe Biden and Donald Trump focused their last campaign efforts on Saturday in Michigan and Pennsylvania, states crucial to securing victory in Tuesday's presidential election.

Maintaining its frantic pace, the president-candidate had planned to chain four meetings in Pennsylvania, a key state likely to deliver the keys to the White House.

"It is the state that will save the American dream," Donald Trump told his activists, gathered under an autumn sun in the small town of Newtown.

Donald Trump won this former industrial stronghold of the United States on the wire in 2016 against Hillary Clinton .

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Joe Biden will make him for meetings in "drive-in", in the State of Michigan, historic heart of the American automobile industry.

In front of his supporters, the Republican billionaire likes to minimize the severity of Covid-19, which he himself has been infected, while the number of infections in the country continues to break records.

Under a Biden administration, "there will be no school, no graduation ceremonies, no weddings, no Thanksgiving, no Christmas," he says regularly in the face of tides of hats red "Make America Great Again".

The country, which passed the milestone of nine million detected cases of Covid-19 on Friday, has also reported more than 94,000 new cases recorded in 24 hours, according to a statement made on Friday by AFP of university figures Johns Hopkins.

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"President Trump still has no plan to fight Covid-19," Joe Biden denounced on Twitter on Saturday. "He abandoned you, your family, America. He just wants us to numb ourselves to the horrors of the death toll" of the 230,000 dead in America.

Unlike his opponent, the ex-right arm of Barack Obama scrupulously respects barrier gestures and precautionary measures, to the point of being accused by the Trump team, which relays questions about his physical and mental form , to "hide in his basement".

Black vote

For the first time since the start of the campaign, the 77-year-old Democrat will be on stage on Saturday with ex-President Barack Obama.

For a week now, Barack Obama has put his popularity at the service of the one who was his vice-president, with several meetings, notably in Florida and even in Pennsylvania.

The Democratic duo are expected in the small town of Flint, where residents have endured a contaminated water crisis for years and have been hit hard by the Covid-19 epidemic.

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They will then fly to Detroit, one of the poorest large cities in the United States, where nearly 80% of the population is African-American and where soul star Stevie Wonder is scheduled to give a concert .

The question is whether more black Michigan voters will vote on November 3 than four years ago, when their low numbers helped Donald Trump win, with less than 11,000 votes ahead, in this State which had yet voted twice for Barack Obama before.

This year the former vice-president leads by seven points in the most recent polls.

His running mate Kamala Harris is in Florida, one of the states where Joe Biden appears able to challenge the Republican for victory, to push voters to go to the polls early.

And Republican Vice President Mike Pence is organizing two rallies in North Carolina, where the two candidates are neck and neck.

Like Donald Trump and Joe Biden, over 90 million Americans have voted in the presidential election, out of over 230 million American voters. In Texas, the number of voters who have already voted early now exceeds the total number of Texans who voted in 2016.

Sign of the tension that reigns across the country as the poll approaches, several American cities, including the capital Washington, barricaded themselves for fear of demonstrations that would degenerate.

In the event of a close race and delayed results, some fear catastrophic scenarios, in which supporters of the two candidates would go out in the street to demand the abandonment of the opponent, or even take up arms.

And President Donald Trump did not reassure by repeatedly refusing to say clearly whether he would hand over power peacefully if defeated on November 3.

31/10/2020 18:02:40 - Newtown (United States) (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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