US Election 2020: A look at happenings a week ahead of the polls
Published on October 28, 2020 at 09.25
President Donald Trump was barnstorming in a last-ditch effort to keep Midwest states, while challenger Joe Biden was aiming to flip a Republican bastion as rage over police violence erupted anew. Here is a look at what’s happening in America’s campaign a week before November 3 Election Day:
Trump is down in the polls and has been hitting the road hard: He recently held rallies in Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska. “I’ve got to say I’m working my ass off here!” he boomed in Lansing, Michigan, eliciting a huge cheer. He carried all three in 2016 — Michigan and Wisconsin were key to his shock victory — but the RealClearPolitics average shows him behind by at least 5 points in each.
First Lady Melania made her first campaign appearance in Pennsylvania, where Biden is leading the polls. She praised the president as a “fighter.” Trump’s wife was due to visit Erie, Pennsylvania but she opted not to travel, citing a “lingering cough” from her bout of coronavirus.
Biden has branded the White House response to the Covid-19 pandemic a “capitulation” and said Trump had “shrugged, he swaggered and he surrendered.”
Georgia last voted for a Democrat for president nearly 30 years ago — Bill Clinton in 1992 — but the Biden campaign has high hopes of flipping the state as the population skews younger and more diverse.
Former US President Barack Obama was back stumping for his former vice president in Florida, telling a rally: “We got one week, Orlando. One week. One week until the most important election of our lifetimes.”
Biden’s running mate Senator Kamala Harris hit Nevada, which went for Hillary Clinton in 2016. There she told reporters she and Biden believe they have to “earn” votes.
Months of often-violent protests have rumbled across America this year, as outrage over the repeated killings boiled over. The candidates have pledged starkly different responses, with Trump vowing “law and order” crackdowns, while Biden has promised reforms to fight systemic injustices.