Politics Election 2020 live updates: Trump, Biden to crisscross Midwestern battleground states
USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by 7 points in pivotal Pennsylvania
A majority of likely Pennsylvania voters also said they do not support adding justices to the Supreme Court. "You start creating more justices to get the opinions you want," he said. "It's almost like 'well I gotta win and I'm just gonna create new facts.' " But Laws said that she supports adding justices to the Supreme Court, adding that it shouldn't be called court packing. "I believe it should be called court evening," Laws said. She said that she believes that the "minority shouldn't be ruling the majority," adding that the "the majority of the country is pro choice.
President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden plan to crisscross Midwestern battleground states on Friday, with each staging three events across the critical region. Both plan to appear in Minnesota and Wisconsin, while Biden is also touching down in Iowa and Trump is also traveling to Michigan.
Meanwhile, Vice President Pence is seeking to shore up support in Arizona, while the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), tries to expand the map in Texas, a state Trump easily won four years ago.
The week in polls: Trump gains in 9 of 12 swing states, but Biden still leads in 10 of them
With just eight days to go to Election Day, both national polls and swing state surveys make it clear the race between Trump and Biden is tightening.President Donald Trump gained on his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in national polling averages, and in nine of 12 contested states. But Biden still holds a sizable lead in the national polls and is still ahead of Trump in 10 of the 12 states that could decide the election.
With four days until Election Day …
- The Trump campaign is seeking to seize on a perceived opening with conservative-leaning Latinos, at margins that Biden needs to win in tight battleground races such as those in Pennsylvania and Texas.
- Coronavirus cases are , offering irrefutable evidence against Trump’s closing argument that the pandemic is nearly over and restrictions are no longer necessary.
- Under a federal appeals court panel decision, Minnesotans to ensure they are counted, upending plans that the state had advertised to keep counting absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day for another week.
- Biden leads Trump by 10 percentage points nationally, 53 percent to 43 percent, according to an average of national polls since Oct. 12. Biden’s margin in the battleground states of Wisconsin and Michigan is nine points. It is seven points in Pennsylvania, five in Arizona and three in Florida.
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Polling averages show Trump gaining on Biden in most swing states. Will it be enough?
Trump gained on Biden in polling average in 9 of 12 swing states since Monday, continuing last week's trend. But of those, he is only ahead in Texas.The deadline for early voting ends Friday in several states where the race is tight, including Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Texas – and on Saturday in the key states of Florida and North Carolina. Though early turnout appears to favor Democrats in many states, Republicans are gaining ground quickly in Florida and other early voting states.
7:27 AM: In final stretch, Biden camp seeks voters who stayed home in 2016
Biden’s team is making a special push in the closing days of the presidential campaign to find and motivate Democrats who voted in 2012 but stayed home in 2016, hoping he gets a crucial boost from this inconsistent group of supporters.
“They’re being very strategic,” said Donna Brazile, a Biden ally and former head of the Democratic National Committee. She said the campaign has asked her to focus on these voters and was being “more strategic than the Clinton campaign was in 2016.”
The effort reflects a broader reality for Democrats: Many of the voters who were energized to come to the polls for Barack Obama did not turn out for Hillary Clinton, contributing heavily to her loss. Now the party wants to do all it can to ensure that this year’s election resembles those in earlier years more than the one in 2016.
Where Biden and Trump stand in the polls 1 day out from Election Day
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are neck-and-neck in the polls in crucial battleground states like Texas and Ohio. Biden has solid leads over Trump in key states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's election eve in the US and former Vice President Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump in the national polls. Biden also has leads over Trump in a number of key battleground states, but the candidates are neck-and-neck in crucial states like Texas and Ohio.The former vice president has an 8.
By: Annie Linskey
7:24 AM: Fact Checker: The biggest Pinocchios of Election 2020
The 2020 presidential campaign largely has been overshadowed by other events, including a presidential impeachment and a worldwide pandemic. But this nasty and brutish campaign is finally coming to an end.
Trump continues to be the king of Pinocchios, amassing 295 since May 2019, with an average rating of 3.64 Pinocchios. (That basically means he almost always received Four Pinocchios.) But Biden was no slouch either, earning 51 Pinocchios with an average rating of 2.67.
A number of times, Biden avoided Pinocchios by admitting error. Biden also spoke far less often than Trump, providing fewer opportunities for fact-checking.
By: Glenn Kessler
7:23 AM: How Trump learned to embrace the executive order, which he once called an ‘easy way out’
Trump’s original entry ban on visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations, issued the week he took office in 2017, became a model for his use of executive power: aggressive, highly politicized and sometimes a bit sloppy.
The final week in polls: Trump eats into Biden's leads in Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania
The final polls show the race between Trump and Biden has tightened since mid-October, both nationally and in the critical battleground states.Biden's lead in USA TODAY's average of averages, which is based on data from RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight, reached double-digits on Oct. 12, but has since fallen back to a 7.5-percentage point lead. That leaves him back roughly in the same position USA TODAY found him in its first poll roundup on Sept. 28, when his polling average lead over Trump was 7.2 points.
The order was a hasty attempt to address Trump’s impossible campaign promise of a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” It prompted global condemnation and cries of racism from critics. And it was revised twice under legal challenges before passing muster with a divided Supreme Court.
Through scores of executive orders and other directives since then, Trump has sought to highlight conservative policy priorities including an immigration crackdown, his still-unfinished border wall, reductions in environmental protections and boosts for domestic energy production.
By: Anne Gearan
7:21 AM: Appeals court panel rules Minnesota must set aside ballots received after Election Day in case they are invalidated
Under a federal appeals court panel decision issued Thursday evening, Minnesotans must return mail-in ballots by Tuesday to ensure they are counted, upending plans the state had advertised to keep counting absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day for another week.
Thesaid a Republican lawmaker and GOP activist could challenge the state’s plans to keep counting ballots after the election. The panel said ballots received after Election Day could ultimately be invalidated, sending Democrats scrambling to warn voters.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) urged constituents not to mail their ballots at all, tweeting: “Because of LAST MINUTE ruling, Minnesota DO NOT put ballots in mail any more....Vote in-person or take mail-in ballot directly to ballot box.”
By: Aaron C. Davis
Fact check: States don't have more than 100% voter turnout in an election .
A post uses outdated data to argue there are more votes than registered voters in key battleground states. Data shows no state exceeds 100% turnout.“Huh. It just so happened that we are on track to have more votes than registered voters in every single state that could potentially win Trump the election,” claims an image posted to Facebook on Nov. 4. “You’ve been caught Dems.