With six days left in race, Trump heads to Arizona and Biden delivers COVID-19 speech

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© Reuters. U.S. President Trump arrives aboard Air Power One at McCarran Worldwide Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada

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By Jeff Mason and Ernest Scheyder

LAS VEGAS/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will maintain two marketing campaign rallies on Wednesday within the battleground state of Arizona, the place polls present him narrowly trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden, because the White Home race heads into its remaining six-day stretch.

Biden, who has repeatedly criticized Trump for failing to include the coronavirus pandemic, will obtain a briefing from public well being specialists and ship a speech close to his residence in Delaware on his plans to fight COVID-19 and defend Individuals with pre-existing well being circumstances, his marketing campaign mentioned.

Biden nonetheless leads Trump comfortably in nationwide opinion polls in a race dominated by the pandemic, which has brought about greater than 225,000 U.S. deaths, value tens of millions extra their jobs and spurred a rush to vote early by many Individuals seeking to keep away from well being dangers from publicity. The race is tighter in a number of battleground states the place the election is perhaps determined.

Greater than 70 million folks have forged early in-person and mail ballots, in response to knowledge compiled by the U.S. Elections Mission on the College of Florida. That could be a record-setting tempo and greater than half of the full 2016 turnout.

The large quantity of mail ballots – greater than 46.8 million have already been forged – might take days or even weeks to tally, specialists say, which means a winner won’t be declared the night time of Nov. 3, when polls shut.

Trump, who has repeatedly criticized mail-in voting as vulnerable to fraud regardless that specialists say that’s uncommon, questioned the integrity of the method on Tuesday and mentioned it could be “inappropriate” to take further time to rely mail ballots.

“It will be very, very correct and really good if a winner had been declared on Nov. 3, as an alternative of counting ballots for 2 weeks, which is completely inappropriate and I do not consider that that is by our legal guidelines,” Trump instructed reporters.

Arizona has emerged as a high battleground within the White Home race after Trump gained it by 3.5 share factors over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. A Reuters/Ipsos ballot taken from Oct. 14-21 discovered Biden with a 3-point edge on Trump, inside the survey’s credibility interval.

A Biden win in Arizona, which has 11 electoral votes, can be the primary for a Democratic presidential candidate within the state since Invoice Clinton carried it in 1996.

After staying in a single day in Las Vegas, Nevada, Trump will maintain airport rallies in Bullhead Metropolis, Arizona, within the state’s northwestern nook close to Nevada, and in Goodyear, exterior Phoenix, the state’s largest metropolis.

On Tuesday, Trump raced throughout three states – Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska – and Biden made two marketing campaign stops within the rising battleground of Georgia.

Biden has made what he calls Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic his precept theme within the closing weeks of the marketing campaign, together with criticisms that Trump performed down the risk, did not hearken to his well being specialists and by no means developed a plan to include it.

Polls present Individuals belief Biden greater than Trump to include the virus, and file numbers of latest U.S. COVID-19 circumstances in latest days have given Biden repeated alternatives to remind voters of the Trump administration’s mismanagement of the pandemic.

Biden additionally has used the pandemic to remind voters of Trump’s efforts to dismantle the Inexpensive Care Act and its protections for folks with pre-existing medical circumstances. Healthcare is one other difficulty that polls have discovered Individuals belief Biden greater than Trump to deal with.