President Donald Trump is holding two campaign meetings with voters on Wednesday in Arizona, where polls show he is slightly behind his Democrat rival Joe Biden. There are only six days left before the November 3 elections.
Biden, who has repeatedly criticized Trump for failing to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, remained in Delaware, where he lives on Wednesday. The Democratic candidate will deliver an address to voters outside his home. In it, Biden will talk about his strategy to fight the coronavirus pandemic and protect the health of Americans with chronic diseases. Biden’s plan is based on information he received from public health experts, the candidate’s headquarters said.
Biden continues to lead nationwide opinion polls. One of the main aspects of the presidential race this year remains the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already resulted in the death of more than 225 thousand Americans, the loss of millions of jobs and pushed many US residents to vote early in order to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus on election day. In a few hesitant states, where voting results can be decisive in determining the winner, competition between candidates is intensifying.
More than 70 million Americans have so far voted by attending polling stations ahead of time or by mailing their ballot, according to data provided by Florida State University. This is a record figure that has already exceeded more than half of the total number of voters who voted in the 2016 presidential election.
Experts say it will take days or even weeks to count the sheer number of ballots sent in the mail – currently over 46.8 million ballots. This means that the name of the winner of the elections will not become known on the night of November 3, after the closure of polling stations.
Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the postal vote as “fraudulent”, on Tuesday once again questioned the integrity of the process, saying that it was “inappropriate” to spend extra time counting ballots sent by mail.
“It would be very, very correct and very nice if the winner was announced on November 3, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is completely inappropriate, and I don’t think this is in line with our legislation,” Trump told reporters …
Arizona proved to be a major battleground in the presidential race after Trump won the state’s elections in 2016, beating Democrat Hillary Clinton by 3.5 percentage points. A Reuters-Ipsos poll conducted Oct. 14-21 found Biden ahead of Trump in the state by 3 percentage points. If Biden wins a victory in Arizona, which is represented in the Electoral College by 11 votes, it will be the first Democratic victory in that state since 1996, when Arizona residents preferred Bill Clinton.
The evening before, Donald Trump held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and on Wednesday he has two meetings with voters: one of the rallies will be held by the president at the airport in Bullhead City in Arizona, and another event is scheduled in Goodyear, near Phoenix. the largest city in this state.
On Tuesday, Trump held rallies in three states at once: Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska, and Biden took part in two events in Georgia, which may also become a wavering state.
In the final weeks of his campaign, Biden has focused on criticizing Trump for the wrong tactics in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. He accuses the president of trying to downplay the danger of the disease, not listening to government health experts, and never coming up with a plan to contain the pandemic.
Polls show more Americans trust Biden for his ability to organize the fight against the virus. The record number of COVID-19 infections in the United States in recent days has provided Biden with the opportunity to repeatedly remind voters that the Trump administration has failed to control the spread of the virus.
Biden also used the theme of the pandemic to remind voters of Trump’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacher), which, among others, protects people with chronic diseases. Healthcare in general is another area where Americans trust Joe Biden more than Donald Trump, according to polls.