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Politics Trump makes rare campaign stops to New England in closing stretch

00:40  26 october  2020
00:40  26 october  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Trump makes rare campaign stops to New England in closing stretch © MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Trump makes rare campaign stops to New England in closing stretch

BANGOR, Maine - President Trump on Sunday made a rare foray into New England, seeking to boost support in traditionally liberal parts of the country even as his campaign is playing defense in more populous states that are critical to his path to re-election.

Trump held a rally with thousands of supporters in New Hampshire and engaged in the type of smaller scale retail politicking he has usually eschewed during a brief stop in Maine.

The president stopped at Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, Maine, where he signed campaign hats and a pumpkin, took home a bag of apples and met face-to-face with supporters, separated only by a barrier of gourds.

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A baby goat bleated in the background as Trump picked up a megaphone to address the hundreds of supporters who had packed in tightly on the orchard grounds, most of them not wearing masks.

"I'm very impressed, and I'm very impressed with Maine," Trump said. "And I hope we're going to do very well in Maine."

"It's the biggest election our country has ever had," Trump added. "We will never be a socialist country."

In New Hampshire, the president's rally remarks were mostly in line with those he has given at numerous other stops. He sprinkled in some specific Granite State appeals, noting his own primary victory there in 2016 and calling attention to Democratic nominee Joe Biden's struggles there earlier this year.

"Sleepy Joe doesn't care about New Hampshire," he said, noting Biden left the state on primary night in February before the results were final in order to shift his focus to the South Carolina primary.

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In a blow to the Trump campaign , a Pennsylvania court makes it harder to reject mail-in ballots. With the presidential race hurtling into its final stretch , Joseph R. Biden Jr. sought Friday to amplify the closing Both men have campaign stops scheduled for the weekend in key battleground states.

Trump is in the midst of a furious schedule of campaign events with Election Day just nine days out and tens of millions of ballots already cast. He returned early Sunday morning from a two-day swing where he held five rallies total across four states.

Both stops showcased the enthusiasm among the president's supporters, with frequent chants of "four more years," and "we love you," and one of "Super-Trump" in Londonderry after the president recounted feeling like Superman in the wake of his bout with coronavirus.

But polls indicate Trump may have a difficult time making inroads in this part of the country in time for Election Day, and Sunday's trip raised eyebrows given the minimal electoral impact of New Hampshire and Maine compared to the handful of states where Trump is on defense.

The Granite State awards four electoral votes. Maine also awards four total but is not winner-take-all, with two going to the winner of the state and one each going to the winner of its two congressional districts.

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Trump came within 3,000 votes of winning New Hampshire in 2016, and the campaign has long viewed it as a prime target to flip in 2020. The president won Maine's 2nd Congressional District in 2016, though he lost the first district and the state overall.

There are Senate races in both New Hampshire and Maine on the ballot this year, but Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is seen as a prohibitive favorite to win re-election, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has made a point to distance herself from Trump in one of the most closely watched campaigns in the country.

Trump made only a passing mention of Shaheen's challenger, Corky Messner, and didn't appear especially familiar with the race. He avoided bringing up Collins entirely during his stop in Maine, though a few supporters gathered there signaled they would vote for the incumbent for the sake of ensuring Republican representation in the Senate.

The president's greatest obstacle among voters remains his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 220,000 Americans. Trump repeated in New Hampshire that the country is "rounding the turn" even as the United States has set records in recent days for reported infections, and Vice President Pence is grappling with an outbreak within his own ranks.

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Polls show Trump facing an uphill battle in both New Hampshire and Maine heading into the final week of the campaign. A University of New Hampshire poll conducted two weeks ago showed Biden up 12 points, while polling in Maine indicates Trump is competitive in the 2nd Congressional District, but not the state overall.

With just nine days left until Election Day, some strategists and Republicans wondered whether Trump's time was better spent trying to shore up support in states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Florida.

"I think this may reflect the fact that they have nowhere else to send him," said Tom Rath, a former attorney general for New Hampshire who has worked on past GOP presidential campaigns.

The president will resume campaigning in more traditional swing states on Monday, when he will hold three separate rallies in. The rest of the week will include stops in Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska, all states he won in 2016.

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