- The two candidates – President Donald Trump and Joe Biden – head to the Midwest, another key battleground. This comes after dueling rallies in Florida on Thursday when they – again – highlighted their different approaches to tackling coronavirus.
Heading into the final weekend of the campaign, both President Trump and Joe Biden will be in the battleground states of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Mr. Trump is also heading to Michigan, while Biden will be going to Iowa.
Both their running mates are going West, with Mike Pence in Arizona and Kamala Harris in Texas, the once-solid Republican state that appears to be deadlocked with little time before Election Day. Turnout in Texas is already 94% of its total turnout in 2016, meaning the state is headed toward shattering voter turnout records.
With four days left until Election Day, more than 9 million people have cast ballots already in Texas, according to the secretary of state’s office — an unprecedented number for the Lone Star State.
Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, continued the offensive push with a visit to Iowa, where President Trump won by 10 points four years ago. But the former vice president will also make a rare visit to Minnesota, a once-solidly blue state that Trump has kept firmly in his sights, sensing possibility its large numbers of white and rural voters. Trump also plans a stop there on Friday.
Overall, the kickoff to the campaign’s final weekend pointed to the incumbent president largely playing defense.“It’s a sign that the fight is in Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and Iowa now — states the president won anywhere from 5 points to 10 points,” said Stuart Rothenberg, a veteran elections analyst based in Washington. “That tells you something absolutely.”