In a late Republican push, President Trump has emerged as the odds on favorite, surging ahead with the popular vote.
Outpacing the incumbent on Election Day, former VP Joe Biden said it’s time for President Donald Trump to pack his bags. The US President plays up to the gallery. He expresses no love for the facts. Trump speaks his head. On the last day of his campaigning for the re-election, he again launched a salvo on his critics. He warned voters saying ‘cheating’ in the key state of Pennsylvania could lead to violence in streets. Furthermore, criticizing a recent Supreme Court decision, Trump tweeted that it would lead to voter fraud. Republican loyalists soon picked up on the claim.
It’s too soon to call as Trump picks up key swing states. Can the tables turn on Biden?
Democrat candidate Joe Biden carried on the Trump tirade from the last day of his campaigning. In Ohio, he said that it was time for Trump to ‘pack his bags’. He said people are ‘done with tweets, the anger, the hate, the failure, the irresponsibility’. Biden has left no stone unturned to cash in on public approval.
Election Day Push
Hollywood stars have been some of the most vocal supporters of Biden in the run-up to election day. Biden was accompanied by Lady Gaga in Pittsburgh. In Philadelphia, singer John Legend addressed voters along with Democrat vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Biden is countering Trump’s euphemism with an equally emotional message. He said in Ohio on Tuesday that the ‘presidential race is about the soul of America’.
A huge number of 100 million Americans have already validated by casting early votes. Many states on Tuesday had already surpassed their record voting numbers. It will be interesting to see whether they are casting ballots for Trump’s ‘Made in America’ or Biden’s ‘Soul of America’ message. But, before the last ballot is cast and their fate is decided, Trump and Biden made emotional pitches during their last day campaign.
Trump’s statement about Pennsylvania threatened to inflate tensions amid fears of civil unrest. Trump will spend the election night in the confines of the White House amid tightened security. Nevertheless, President Trump has been intensifying his unverified claims of rigging in the 2020 US Presidential elections. Speaking to reporters, POTUS said that a Supreme Court verdict allowing Pennsylvania to count mail-in votes that arrive up to three days after the election would lead to cheating at a ‘very high level’ and it was also ‘very dangerous’. In a tweet later, he said it could ‘induce violence in the streets’. In Wisconsin, Trump went a step ahead, saying it could ‘put our country in danger’.
Trump Campaign Overperforms
It was perhaps his quest for a good omen that President Trump ended his campaign in a late-night rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is the same place where he had ended his campaign four years ago. He predicted a better evening on Tuesday, “We are going to have another great victory tomorrow,” Trump said in Michigan. Asserting that he would win in Michigan easily, the President patted his own back for ‘incredible’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the Russia investigation. In a rally in Florida, Trump suggested that he would fire Anthony Fauci from his position as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a move that could bring massive backlash from the scientific community. Biden in a drive-in rally ridiculed Trump’s idea of sacking Fauci. He replied, “I have got a better solution: Let’s fire Trump and I will hire Fauci.”
Biden went into Election Day with a huge lead in the national popular vote polls but not certain about any of the tightly fought states swing states. However, both scenarios, losing or winning swing states, were expected to provide him with several possibilities to get the required 270 electoral seats needed to win. However Trump who toppled Hillary Clinton when least expected is doing better than expected in key swing states. As voters turn up in record numbers, it is often a sign of anti-incumbency i.e. people want a change in leadership. However, the pandemic and recent social chaos engulfing the US, combined with the historically late voting Republicans could make the race tighter than polls have predicted over months.
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