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© Biju BORO / AFP Tea pickers joined farmers in protesting the liberalization of the sale of fruits and vegetables. The strike began this Friday, October 9 to demand wage increases. These workers joined the farmers, who have been protesting for two weeks now against the new selling prices for fruit and vegetables. With our correspondent in Bangalore, Côme Bastin The State of Assam produces nearly 50% of India's tea, and it is found on many tables around the world.
WASHINGTON — We’ve talked about seniors, the suburbs, Latinos, Blacks and younger voters in this general election.
But maybe the most important demographic to watch on Election Night will be the voters who were most essential to President Trump’s victory four years ago — white voters.
The reason: Almost all the polling we’ve seen shows Trump underperforming — and Biden overperforming — with that demographic.
And someone who won the White House by a combined 80,000 votes in three states, plus who lost the popular vote, can’t afford a defection from any group in 2016, especially his most important demographic.
Trump's ad strategy targeting senior citizens: I recovered from COVID-19 and so can America
“Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it,” said Trump, who suggested he might be immune to COVID-19. “You’re going to beat it.”“President Trump is recovering from the coronavirus and so is America,” the narrator says. “President Trump tackled the virus head on, as leaders should.
Here’s how white voters broke in the most recent elections (per the exit polls), compared with where the current NBC polling stands.
- 2008: McCain 55 percent, Obama 43 percent (R+12)
- 2012: Romney 59 percent, Obama 39 percent (R+20)
- 2016: Trump 57 percent, Clinton 37 percent (R+20)
- 2020: Trump 50 percent, Biden 46 percent (R+4), per mid-October NBC/WSJ poll
- 2008: McCain 56 percent, Obama 42 percent (R+14)
- 2012: Romney 61 percent, Obama 37 percent (R+24)
- 2016: Trump 64 percent, Clinton 32 percent (R+32)
- 2020: Trump 56 percent, Biden 41 percent (R+15), per September’s NBC/Marist poll
- 2008: Obama 51 percent, McCain 47 percent (D+4)
- 2012: Romney 55 percent, Obama 44 percent (R+11)
- 2016: Trump 57 percent, Clinton 36 percent (R+21)
- 2020: Biden 49 percent, Trump 47 percent (D+2), per September’s NBC/Marist poll
Puerto Rico, unable to vote, becomes crucial to US election
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The campaigns of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are rallying people in a place where U.S. citizens cannot cast ballots but have the ear of hundreds of thousands of potential voters in the battleground state of Florida. The candidates are targeting Puerto Rico in a way never before seen, with the U.S. territory suddenly finding itself in the crosshairs of a high-stakes race even though Puerto Ricans on the island cannot vote in presidential elections despite being U.S. citizens since 1917. Campaigners know this, but they hope those on the island will push relatives and friends on the U.S.
- 2008: McCain 64 percent, Obama 35 percent (R+29)
- 2012: Romney 68 percent, Obama 31 percent (R+37)
- 2016: Trump 63 percent, Clinton 32 percent (R+31)
- 2020: Trump 54 percent, Biden 42 percent (R+12), per July’s NBC/Marist poll of reg voters
- 2008: McCain 51 percent, Obama 48 percent (R+3)
- 2012: Romney 57 percent, Obama 42 percent (R+15)
- 2016: Trump 56 percent, Clinton 40 percent (R+16)
- 2020: Trump 49 percent, Biden 49 percent (tie), per September’s NBC/Marist poll
- 2008: Obama 54 percent, McCain 45 percent (D+9)
- 2012: Romney 51 percent, Obama 48 percent (R+3)
- 2016: Trump 53 percent, Clinton 42 percent (R+11)
- 2020: Biden 52 percent, Trump 45 percent (D+7), per September’s NBC/Marist poll
Bottom line: If the current polling holds, you’re likely going to see an overall result between what happened in 2008 and 2012.
If the polling doesn’t hold, that’s how Trump could still win.
Biden entered final month with a 3-to-1 cash-on-hand edge
Speaking of 2008, the last time we saw this kind of disparity in the cash-on-hand numbers at this stage of a presidential contest was Obama versus McCain.
What poll watchers actually do, and Trump’s troubling rhetoric about them, explained
Some concerns around poll watching don’t have to do with the people designated to be inside voting sites.To facilitate that, the Trump campaign has launched Army for Trump, an effort to mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers for get-out-the-vote efforts, including poll watching. A Trump campaign spokesperson told Vox that it hopes to fill 40,000 poll-watching shifts, and expects to exceed their goal of recruiting 50,000 volunteer poll watchers.
“President Trump’s re-election campaign committee ended September with only $63.1 million in the bank despite canceling some television buys late last month, leaving him badly outmatched financially against Joseph R. Biden Jr., who reported $177.3 million in cash on hand for the final stretch of the campaign,” thefirst reported.
That’s a nearly 3-to-1 cash-on-hand advantage for Biden heading into the final month of the presidential race.
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Data Download: The numbers you need to know today
8,320,630: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, per the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 60,695 more than yesterday morning.)
222,221: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far. (That’s 903 more than yesterday morning.)
126.94 million: The number of coronavirus tests that have been administered in the United States so far, according to researchers at
Nearly 300,000: The increase in theso far this year compared to a typical year.
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.
545: The number of migrant children whose parents have still not been located by lawyers attempting to reunite them after their separation due to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy,
30,742,171: The number of Americans who have voted early, either by mail or in person, according to
On the campaign trail today
Barack Obama campaigns for Joe Biden in Philadelphia. Donald Trump holds a rally in Gastonia, N.C. Kamala Harris also is in the Tar Heel State. And Mike Pence hits New Hampshire and Ohio.
Ad Watch from Ben Kamisar
If you’re Joe Biden, what do you do when you come into October with all of that money he has?
Well, one thing you can do is book aduring the World Series narrated by award-winning actor Sam Elliott.
Over a slow arrangement of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the ad has some, with Elliott talking about unity as picturesque scenes of Americana play interspliced with video of Biden on the campaign trail.
“There is so much we can do if we choose to take on problems and not each other, and choose a president who brings out our best,” Elliot says.
“Joe Biden doesn’t need everyone in this country to always agree — just to agree we all love this country, and go from there.”
7 days from Election Day -- Here's what we know about who's voted so far in key states
One week from Election Day, early voters so far are younger, more racially diverse and more likely to be Democrats than they were ahead of the 2016 election in many of the key states that could decide the next president. © Joe Raedle/Getty Images DORAL, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 14: I voted stickers are seen as people drop off their Vote-by Mail ballots at the Miami-Dade Election Department headquarters on October 14, 2020 in Doral, Florida. More than 1.9 million Floridians had voted by mail according to statistics posted online by the Florida Division of Elections.
Keystone State is key
President Trump borrowed a line from Joe Biden last night as he set his eyes on Pennsylvania being his way to victory.
Here’s what Trump said in Erie, Pa.: “Pennsylvania, you got to get out. You know, if we win Pennsylvania, we win the whole thing.”
Last week, Biden made a similar pitch in Florida: “Here in Florida, you can determine the outcome of this election. We win Florida and it's all over.”
But less than two weeks out from Election Day, it’s important to remember that we’ll probably know more results out of Florida on Nov. 3 than we will in Pennsylvania. Florida will begin processing mail-in ballots before Election Day, while Pennsylvania cannot process them until Nov. 3. That’s why this year we have more of an election season than just a day.
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Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, is one of 29 Democratic electors for New York state in 2020.The Electoral College is comprised of 538 delegates: People who cast the votes that formally elect the president. It's a system that tends to give smaller states a larger voice in the process of electing the president, and one that Clinton has publicly opposed in the past.