Donald Trump, Joe Biden vie for votes in battleground Pennsylvania

Vastavam web: With eight days to go until the U.S. election, President Donald Trump addressed boisterous rallies in Pennsylvania on Monday, while Democrat Joe Biden made a low-key appearance in the state considered crucial to the chances of victory for both men. “We win Pennsylvania, we win the whole ballgame,” Trump told a rally in Martinsburg, his third and final event of the day, as he predicted a win in the state despite trailing Biden in most opinion polls.

“I think we’re going to win Michigan, I think we’re going to win Wisconsin. I think we’re going to win Minnesota. I think we have a fighting chance in Ohio. I think we have a fighting chance in North Carolina. We have a fighting chance in Georgia,” Biden added, referring to other election battleground states. Biden also stepped up his criticism of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 225,000 people in the United States, saying: “The bottom line is, Donald Trump is the worst possible president, the worst possible person to lead us through this pandemic.”

In a case over Wisconsin’s election procedures, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected on a 5-3 vote an effort by Democrats to allow officials in the state to count mail-in ballots postmarked on Election Day, Nov. 3, that arrive up to six days later. The action by the high court’s conservative majority keeps in place a state policy that mail-in ballots must be in the hands of Wisconsin election officials by the close of polls. Experts say, however, it may take days or even weeks to process the huge number of mail-in ballots, spurred by voters seeking to avoid crowded polling stations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some 42.7 million Americans have already voted by mail, part of the more than 63.6 million who have cast ballots ahead of the election, a record-breaking pace that could lead to the highest U.S. voter turnout by percentage in more than a century.