President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden are in the home stretch of this election. Refresh this blog all day for updates as the candidates make their final push.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been a stickler for masks on the presidential campaign trail, wearing not one – but two – at the same time.
“I walked in here with this mask, but I have one of the N95 masks underneath it. And I left it in the dressing room, the room I was in before I got here,” Biden said during his town hall on ABC this month.
But he didn’t explain why he puts a surgical mask over the more effective N95. For extra filtering? To protect the more valuable N95?
Turns out it’s for comfort.
“I don’t like it around my ears,” Biden said of the N95, as he was getting into his SUV Wednesday night, “so I hold it on with this mask.”
– Maureen Groppe
With less than a week before Election Day, former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a 12-point national lead over President Donald Trump, according to a CNN poll released Thursday.
Among likely voters, 54% of voters back Biden versus 42% who support Trump.
Broken down by gender, the poll reveals Biden is leading among women, with him leading Trump 61%-37% among women and 48%-47% among men.
Voters of color support Biden by a nearly 50-percentage-point margin: 71%-24%.
Senior voters are also solidly backing Biden, with the former vice president leading Trump 55%-44%, according to the poll. Voters under 35 also back Biden 68%-30%. Voters age 35 to 64 are evenly divided with 48% backing each candidate.
The CNN poll was conducted from Oct 23 to Oct 26 and surveyed 1,005 Americans nationally. It has a margin of error of 3.8 points among likely voters.
– Matthew Brown
Americans are increasingly worried about what will happen at the finish line of this year’s tumultuous election, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, including whether the voting will be peaceful and the outcome broadly accepted.
Three of 4 voters express concern about the possibility of violence on Election Day. Only 1 in 4 say they are “very confident” that the nation will have a peaceful transfer of power if Democratic challenger Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump.
Biden holds a steady 8-point lead over Trump in the nationwide poll, 52%-44%, taken after the final presidential debate last Thursday. That reflects little change since the survey taken at Labor Day, the launch of the fall campaign season, when the former vice president led by 7 points, 50%-43%.
– Susan Page and Sarah Elbeshbishi
USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll:Ahead of Election Day, 3 of 4 voters worry about violence in a divided nation
There are now just five days to Election Day, and approximately 75 million people have already voted, according to numbers compiled by @electproject.
However, millions of mail ballots are still outstanding, and the date the USPS recommends to mail them back to make state deadlines has passed. Officials stress those ballots now be dropped off in person.
Both candidates and their running mates are expecting to be busy again on Thursday. Here’s a quick look at the schedules.
- Florida: Both Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will hold events in Tampa.
- Trump will also hold a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a state that is closely contested in the polls and with a crucial Senate race.
- Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Des Moines, Iowa and Reno, Nevada. Officials in Nevada have warned against hosting an event of more than 250 people due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- Sen. Kamala Harris will hold a virtual fundraiser at 7:15 p.m with no travel
There are still many details and battles to work through in several states as voting becomes increasingly scrutinized. Wednesday saw a handful of major developments.
- The Supreme Court refused for a second time Wednesday to change Pennsylvania’s election rules, handing Republicans a defeat in their effort to reimpose an Election Day deadline for the return of absentee ballots. The unsigned order means that for now, ballots received by Nov. 6 will be counted.
- SCOTUS also refused on Wednesday to second-guess election rules in North Carolina, a key battleground state, that allow absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day to be counted if they arrive up to nine days later.
- Polls show Biden ahead of Trump in Wisconsin and Michigan, and slightly leading the president in Georgia.
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