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President Trump is seeking Wednesday to shore up support in Iowa, a state he won comfortably four years ago, while Vice President Pence is being dispatched to Michigan, another Midwestern battleground state that was key to the Republican ticket’s electoral college win in 2016.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden has advertised no public events and will hold a virtual fundraiser, according to his campaign. His running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), plans to stay in Washington, where she will get another chance to question Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, at her confirmation hearings.
Biden often crosses himself and looks toward the sky when saying something he jokingly might need to apologize for, regularly referring to the nuns who taught him during 12 years in Catholic school.
Now, several recent TV ads from Biden’s campaign show him standing with Pope Francis or huddled with a Jesuit priest. He’s reading from a pulpit, bowing his head in prayer, or standing solemnly in front of a church’s stained-glass window. And a radio spot includes a parishioner from Biden’s home church talking about how the Democratic presidential nominee is a regular at Sunday Mass.
“That’s Joe Biden, a man guided by faith,” she says.
In the final stretch of a campaign in which Catholic voters are seen by both parties as a decisive bloc in several battleground states, Biden’s campaign has increasingly highlighted his direct connection to the faith — and his potential to make history as the country’s second Catholic president, 60 years after John F. Kennedy became the first.
Last week, Trump tweeted out a video in which he made a direct appeal to seniors, calling them “my favorite people in the world!”
That affectionate tone was nowhere to be found in his latest broadside against Biden. Trump on Tuesday night shared a meme of Biden who was Photoshopped in a wheelchair inside what appeared to be a nursing home, implicitly mocking him as elderly and disabled.
Trump shared the image as he and Biden wage a fierce battle for older voters, a demographic that Trump carried in 2016 but that recent polling suggests has moved away from the president. Biden, 77, has sought to capitalize on that trend, traveling to a senior center in Florida on Tuesday to argue that Trump, 74, has neglected older Americans.
Trump lamented his souring support among suburban women voters, begging them during a Pennsylvania rally on Tuesday to like him.
“Suburban women, they should like me more than anybody here tonight because I ended deregulation that destroyed your neighborhood. I ended the regulation that brought crime to the suburbs,” Trump said, referring to an Obama-era anti-segregation rule that his administration terminated.
“So can I ask you to do me a favor? Suburban women, will you please like me? I saved your d— neighborhood,” the president said.
Trump said he has heard that suburban women don’t like how he talks, but he said he doesn’t have time to be nice.
Early voting in Texas began Tuesday, with crowds of voters waiting in line for several hours in some places to cast their ballots, even as new legal developments sowed confusion and threatened to restrict options for voting ahead of Election Day.
As in other states, long lines formed outside voting locations as socially distanced voters sometimes turned up hours before early in-person voting began Tuesday morning. Many brought folding chairs, lunches and umbrellas to wait their turn.
Meanwhile, a federal panel of judges overturned a lower-court ruling in Texas that had allowed counties across the state to offer multiple locations for voters to drop off their absentee ballots in person. And elections officials contended with a new lawsuit from the Texas GOP seeking to block the Harris County clerk from allowing any registered voter to vote in person from his or her car or at the curb — options that appeared popular Tuesday amid coronavirus concerns.
In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump, with 54 percent of likely voters favoring him vs. 42 percent for Trump.
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Electoral college map: Who actually votes, and who do they vote for? Explore how shifts in turnout and voting patterns for key demographic groups could affect the presidential race.
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