Two days from the vote, US President Donald Trump will hold campaign events in five states crucial to the elections this Sunday (1). Democratic rival Joe Biden will focus his efforts on Pennsylvania.
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On Saturday, he held events in Pennsylvania, a state that was instrumental in his victory in 2016. At the time, he had a small advantage over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
First lady Melania Trump campaigned in Wisconsin and vice president Mike Pence passed through North Carolina, where polls suggest a close dispute between the two candidates.
Former President Barack Obama campaigned for his former deputy, Joe Biden, on Saturday. He spoke to Democrat voters gathered at drive-ins in the state of Michigan, which is also very important for Tuesday’s elections.
Joe Biden and Barack Obama team up at Michigan rallies
“Everything is at stake on Tuesday,” said Obama, who wore a mask with the word “vote” and criticized Trump’s management of the pandemic.
Pandemic discussed in elections
In front of his followers, many of them without a mask, the president continues to minimize the dimension of Covid-19, even after he contracted the disease.
The number of infected people continues to increase in the country, with 77 thousand. new cases in the last 24 hours. On Friday, there was the national record for new cases, with 94,000 occurrences, according to the Johns Hopkins University balance sheet. The USA is the country most affected by the pandemic, both in absolute death toll (230,000) and in cases (9.1 million).
According to Stanford University economists’ estimates published on Thursday, 18 Trump campaign rallies led to more than 30,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 700 deaths, but not necessarily among participants.
Vote of the black population
Biden respects the precautionary measures. The president’s campaign team, who spread rumors about the Democrat’s physical and mental state, accuses the Democratic Party candidate of “hiding in the basement”.
In a kind of response to the accusations, Biden took the stage with a run. “It’s time for Donald Trump to pack up and go home,” he told supporters.
In Michigan, Democrats hope to get more African Americans than they did in 2016. Four years ago, their low turnout was crucial to Trump’s victory, which triumphed in the state by less than 11,000 votes.
After an event in Flint, Biden and Obama went to Detroit, the historic heart of the American auto industry and, among the big cities, one of the poorest in the country, where almost 80% of the population is African American.
The former vice president leads the latest polls in the state by seven points.
His running mate, Kamala Harris, visited Florida on Saturday to encourage voters to vote early.