Just days before the official date for the presidential election, the presidential candidates decided to focus all their energies on campaigning in four “swing” states in the Midwest.
President Donald Trump has held rallies in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, while the former vice president met with voters in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Michigan is represented in the Electoral College by 16 votes, Minnesota and Wisconsin have 10 votes, Iowa is represented by 6 electors.
Trump criticizes Democratic restrictions
Leaving the White House, Trump told reporters: “We have gathered the largest number of people in the history of politics, and I think you will all witness this.” The president was referring to the crowded rallies, to which thousands of his supporters come across the country.
However, the authorities of Rochester in Minnesota, which Trump also visits today, insisted that the president’s headquarters not violate local restrictions on mass gatherings of people – the number of visitors should not exceed 250 people. The President lamented that “25,000 people want to be there. And they say only 250 people can be there. They thought I would refuse. But I will not cancel [митинг]and see what happens. “
The president added that no decision has yet been made on where he will spend the night after the elections, Reuters reported.
“We haven’t made a decision yet. We have certain rules and regulations, ”Trump said. According to the New York Times, the president has scrapped plans to stay at his family’s Trump International Hotel in Washington and is likely to monitor the White House vote.
The Washington authorities announced that the streets in several blocks around the White House will be periodically blocked, and cars will be prohibited from parking there.
“We have a hotel and I don’t know if we are allowed to use it or not. [в качестве места сбора сторонников Трампа]… But I know that the mayor of DC has shut down Washington, and if that’s the case then we’ll probably stay here. [в Белом доме] or we’ll choose another place. ” The president suggested that on election day he could leave for another state.
Due to the increase in the number of coronavirus infections, the mayor of the capital, Muriel Bowser, has indeed tightened the rules for mass gatherings, limiting the number of participants in such events to 50 people.
Speaking Friday at a meeting with supporters in Michigan, Trump sharply criticized the state’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, a member of the Democratic Party. The President announced the need to loosen the restrictions imposed by the governor to slow the spread of the coronavirus. This was the reason for the protesters to shout the slogans of the governor’s opponents: “Close it [Уитмер]”.
Trump also complained to the country’s largest media, saying, “They blame me every time for everything that happens.” He also drew the attention of the audience to the fact that his rival, Democrat Joe Biden, is predicting a “dark winter.”
“This is exactly what our country needs – a long dark winter and a leader who talks about it,” Trump commented ironically on Biden’s words.
Biden: “We will fight for every vote”
Joe Biden is visiting Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota on Friday. He will travel to Michigan on Saturday to hold a joint rally with former President Barack Obama.
Iowa and Wisconsin are considered “swing” states. In 2016, Donald Trump won there. However, Hillary Clinton won in Minnesota four years ago.
Explaining to reporters the reason for his arrival in the state, which traditionally votes for Democrats, Biden explained this by the proximity of Minnesota to Iowa and Wisconsin, adding: “We will fight for every vote until the last minute.”
Joe Biden came to Iowa today. When he last entered the state in 2019, it seemed like his campaign was on the verge of collapse. At the caucus in Iowa, Biden was defeated by Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of the small town of South Bend in Indiana. Biden returned to the state today as the Democratic nominee.
The day before the election, Joe Biden will spend in Pennsylvania, where he was born, and which he visited the most during the campaign – the former vice president has visited there 11 times, according to the Associated Press. Biden’s headquarters announced that Biden, his wife Jill, Senator Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff will be arriving in Pennsylvania on Monday. They plan to visit several cities at once in different parts of the state, and their route has not yet been indicated.
Biden will host the event on Sunday in Philadelphia, one of the largest cities in eastern Pennsylvania.
Fight for Florida
Trump and Biden held events Thursday in southeastern Florida, where the 2016 Republican nominee won.
“If Florida turns blue, it will be over [для Трампа]Biden said at a rally outside Broward College, referring to the Democratic Party’s signature color of blue.
Biden criticized President Trump for holding large rallies in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, where most of the participants do not wear masks, describing Trump rallies as coronavirus “super-proliferation events.”
According to the Democratic candidate, the incumbent “is not only spreading the coronavirus. It sows division and division, ”Biden said at the second rally, which took place a little later in Tampa and ended ahead of schedule due to heavy rain.
Trump, addressing the vast audience of his supporters gathered at the Tampa stadium, again predicted a high turnout of Republican voters – the “big red wave” – on November 3. The color red in American politics symbolizes the Republican Party.
“We are going to win this election with great success. You will see it, ”the president predicted.
Trump was scheduled to hold another rally on Thursday in North Carolina, but bad weather, including high winds, delayed the event until Monday.
Speaking in Tampa, the president also said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to Americans “in a few weeks,” promising that “the elderly will be the first to get it.” In Florida, people over 65 could make up about a third of voters this year.
Since 1996, every Florida election winner has been a president. Florida has 29 votes on the Electoral College, who elect a new president after a nationwide vote.
Biden’s and Trump’s chances are nearly equal in Florida and North Carolina, according to Real Clear Politics, which takes into account the results of major polls, but the incumbent is inferior to the former vice president in the vacillating Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
According to experts’ forecasts, the turnout in the current elections may become the highest in the last more than 110 years – in 1908, 65% of voters took part in the presidential elections. This record could be broken in 2020.