Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden plans Wednesday to deliver remarks on developing and “equitably distributing” a coronavirus vaccine, while President Trump hosts a call with Jewish leaders and helps House Republicans raise money as they make an uphill push to retake control of their chamber.
The events follow a day in which Trump at a town hall event praised his handling of the pandemic and Biden sought to shore up support among Latino voters. Meanwhile, new polling shows Biden with a strong lead in Minnesota and a tighter race in Wisconsin, another key battleground state.
Biden holds a narrow edge in the key battleground state of Wisconsin as Trump’s law-and-order message has so far failed to translate into significant support or change the dynamic of the race there, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Trump has seized on the protests that erupted after last month’s police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, denouncing the burning and looting that took place and warning of worse across the country if Biden is elected.
The poll shows Biden standing at 52 percent to 46 percent for Trump among likely voters and by 50 percent to 46 percent among all registered voters. Neither gap is significant, with a 4.5-point margin of sampling error among likely voters applying to each candidate’s support.
Delaware Democrats resoundingly nominated Sen. Christopher A. Coons for a second full term Tuesday, in a primary that shattered turnout records and saw the left that struggled in the Senate contest oust some incumbents down the ballot.
As of Wednesday morning, with some ballots still left to count, 119,861 votes had been cast in the primary between Coons and activist Jessica Scarane. That’s 36,822 more ballots than were cast in the state’s 2018 primary, when activist Kerri Evelyn Harris challenged Sen. Thomas R. Carper, in the first major race that pitted the left against Delaware’s moderate Democratic establishment. Scarane ran more than 3,000 votes ahead of Harris, while Coons ran nearly 34,000 votes ahead of Carper.
That demolished Delaware’s record for Democratic primary turnout, set in 2008, when Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the race for the small state’s delegates. Republican turnout was also up over 2018, although lower than the party’s 2016 presidential primary, when Donald Trump swept the state.
Scarane’s campaign did not attract the national attention or investments of some other primaries this year, but it invigorated Delaware’s left, which saw some success in other races. The left-wing Working Families Party endorsed challengers in four legislative primaries, and all four of them were in the lead as of Wednesday morning.
Two had already won. Activist Larry Lambert, who narrowly lost a 2018 race to Rep. Raymond Siegfried, defeated him easily in the higher-turnout environment. LGBTQ rights activist Eric Morrison defeated Rep. Earl Jaques by a landslide, after Jaques had criticized Morrison for performing as a drag queen. Challengers Marie Pinkney and Madinah Wilson-Anton led with some votes left to count. And while not backed by the WFP, activist Sarah McBride easily won the Democratic nomination in the state’s first state senate district, putting her on track to become the highest-ranking transgender elected official in the country.
Biden said late Tuesday that he has begun preparing for his debates with Trump by trying to gain a better understanding of what Trump has said and hasn’t said on key issues.
“I’ve begun preparing, yes,” Biden told reporters before departing Florida, where he sought to bolster support Tuesday among Latino voters. “I haven’t been doing mock debates very much, but I’ve been just making sure that I understand all that he has said and hasn’t said.”
Biden declined to say who might play the role of Trump in mock debates ahead of the real ones.[What to know about the 2020 presidential debates]
The first debate between Trump and Biden is set to take place Sept. 29 in Cleveland, and there are two more set for Oct. 15 and 22. A debate between Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) is slated for Oct. 7.
Trump advisers say he is likely to participate in more town hall events, as he did Tuesday, in advance of his debates with Biden.
The president and a number of his advisers and allies are highlighting that the president is willing to take so many questions from voters, in a bid to attack Biden for his more limited travel schedule and his fewer public appearances.
“The energy, substantive responses, ability to effectively answer rapid fire Q&A of @realDonaldTrump is in STARK contrast to the endless teleprompter scripting of Joe Biden who hasn’t answered any tough questions from anyone in months!” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night.
Biden is scheduled to take part in a town hall event Thursday hosted by CNN.
On his first visit to Florida as a presidential nominee on Tuesday, Biden whipped out his cellphone to play “Despacito,” as a tribute to its singer, Luis Fonsi, who introduced the former vice president at the event. The moment exploded on social media, inspiring jokes, memes and a surprise resurgence of the 2017 single onto Twitter’s trending topics.
Early on Wednesday morning, Trump joined the fray — but in the video he tweeted, it wasn’t “Despacito” playing from Biden’s phone. It was N.W.A.’s notorious 1988 single “F— tha Police.”
“What is this all about?” Trump asked over the manipulated video.
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