Trump and Biden Launch Final Sprint in Key States

Donald Trump and Joe Biden kicked off the final sprint of a tense presidential campaign in the United States on Monday, marked by a record number of advance votes, as their campaign teams contested. were already preparing for disputes over the counting of results.

The Republican president, who continues to contest postal voting, has hinted that he will send lawyers to states that will continue to count ballots after Election Day.

Justin Clark, his deputy campaign manager, warned his team would attack Democrats’ attempts to “bypass state deadlines for receiving and counting ballots.”

Joe Biden’s campaign manager, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, told reporters that states traditionally need time after election night to complete their count.

“Under no circumstances will Donald Trump be declared the winner on election night,” she warned.

In a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, advance voting has reached an all-time high, as 95 million Americans have already made their choice, either in person or by mail, according to the US Elections Project group based in the United States. University of Florida, which represents about 40% of the electorate.

This unprecedented level of early votes means that the count could take days or even weeks in some states and the name of the poll winner may not be known when the polls close on Tuesday evening.

Donald Trump reiterated without proof that postal voting was subject to fraud, although experts point out that voter fraud is rare in the United States.

PENNSYLVANIA FOCUSES THE ATTENTION OF CANDIDATES

Even before the ballot, the 2020 election has already sparked an unprecedented number of disputes. On Monday, a federal judge dismissed an appeal filed by Republicans to overturn 127,000 advance votes in a rather Democratic-friendly Houston county.

On the eve of the election, the outgoing president lags behind his Democratic rival in national polls, but the race remains too close in the “tip-off” states, the only ones capable of tipping the scales by a side or the other, so that the ballot seems decided in advance.

Donald Trump, 74, is holding multiple meetings to try and ultimately win the majority of 270 voters in the Electoral College necessary to win (out of 538 delegates).

If defeated, he would be the first incumbent president not to be re-elected for a second term since George H.W. Bush, defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992.

At a rally in Scranton, eastern Pennsylvania, one of those “rocking” election states, he reminded an enthusiastic crowd that he had won the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton. despite unfavorable polls.

He also estimated that the idea of ​​prolonging the counting of the ballots until three days after the election would create a “dangerous situation”. “We cannot extend the dates,” he hammered.

At the same time, Joe Biden was campaigning in the western part of the same state, in Monaca, where he told his supporters the future was in their hands.

“What happens tomorrow will determine the face of the country for generations,” Barack Obama’s former vice president said.

After Pennsylvania, Donald Trump still had to go to Wisconsin and Michigan, two states where he won against Hillary Clinton in 2016 but where his opponent has a good chance of winning this time, according to him. opinion polls. He will end his campaign with a final rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he ended his previous campaign in 2016.

TWITTER WARNS AGAINST PREMATURE CLAIMS

Twitter warned Monday that it would attach a warning to messages from candidates claiming victory in a state before formalization by election officials or the national press.

Another sign of the latent tension, buildings in several cities are barricaded in anticipation of D-Day. This is the case for example of several blocks around the White House or the Macy’s department store in New York.

The FBI is concurrently investigating an incident in Texas on Friday in which a convoy of vehicles of Trump supporters surrounded a bus carrying members of Biden’s campaign team, prompting them to cancel two events.

Donald Trump relayed a video of the incident on Twitter on Saturday, writing: “I love Texas!” After the FBI announced on Sunday the opening of an investigation, the Republican president criticized this move. “These patriots haven’t done anything wrong,” he tweeted of his supporters.