Donald Trump heads to Arizona and Biden delivers COVID-19 speech

Vastavam web: President Donald Trump will hold two campaign rallies on Wednesday in the battleground state of Arizona, where polls show him narrowly trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden, as the White House race heads into its final six-day stretch. Biden, who has repeatedly criticized Trump for failing to contain the coronavirus pandemic, will receive a briefing from public health experts and deliver a speech near his home in Delaware on his plans to combat COVID-19 and protect Americans with pre-existing health conditions, his campaign said. More than 70 million people have cast early in-person and mail ballots, according to data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida. That is a record-setting pace and more than half of the total 2016 turnout.

The huge volume of mail ballots – more than 46.8 million have already been cast – could take days or weeks to tally, experts say, meaning a winner might not be declared the night of Nov. 3, when polls close. Trump, who has repeatedly criticized mail-in voting as prone to fraud even though experts say that is rare, questioned the integrity of the process on Tuesday and said it would be “inappropriate” to take extra time to count mail ballots.

Arizona has emerged as a top battleground in the White House race after Trump won it by 3.5 percentage points over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. A Reuters/Ipsos poll taken from Oct. 14-21 found Biden with a 3-point edge on Trump, within the survey’s credibility interval. After staying overnight in Las Vegas, Nevada, Trump will hold airport rallies in Bullhead City, Arizona, in the state’s northwestern corner near Nevada, and in Goodyear, outside Phoenix, the state’s biggest city. On Tuesday, Trump raced across three states – Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska – and Biden made two campaign stops in the emerging battleground of Georgia.

Polls show Americans trust Biden more than Trump to contain the virus, and record numbers of new U.S. COVID-19 cases in recent days have given Biden repeated opportunities to remind voters of the Trump administration’s mismanagement of the pandemic.

Source: Reuters