“We will work until the last minute to win every vote,” Barack Obama’s former vice president said before leaving for Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin – three industrial and rural Midwestern states that hold the key to the election.
As 77-year-old Joe Biden dominates the national polls, the US presidential election is being played in a handful of states where the gap with Donald Trump is smaller.
The Democrat seems unwilling to repeat Hillary Clinton’s 2016 mistake, accusing her of ignoring states that have been voting with Democrats for decades, such as Wisconsin, where she did not campaign.
His Republican opponent defeated her by 0.7 percentage points in that state and by 0.2 percentage points in Michigan.
So every vote counts on November 3, and both Democrats and Donald Trump know that.
The incumbent president has a targeted program in the Midwest on Friday, with scheduled visits to Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
A mix of mining, farming and cosmopolitan cities, Minnesota has not voted with a Republican since 1972, but Donald Trump closely followed Hillary Clinton in 2016. He hopes to score this time.
“Are you worried?” In this state, a journalist asked Joe Biden on Friday. “No,” said the Democrat, who is credited with an advantage in the polls. “But I’m not getting anything ready,” he added.
Biden returns to Iowa
Despite the pandemic, which killed nearly 230,000 people in the United States, 74-year-old Donald Trump is multiplying his outdoor rallies, with hundreds of spectators often not wearing masks.
Healed by covid-19, he makes long energetic speeches, praising his economic record and saying he sees “the light at the end of the tunnel” in the health crisis.
Joe Biden, on the other hand, supports a much more withdrawn campaign.
After weeks of solitary confinement in his Wilmington, Delaware feud, he resumed his travels in late August, but limited his rallies to a few hundred guests. Some observers could not believe it when he spent a few days at home, two weeks before the election.
The Democratic candidate’s unusual busy schedule on Friday became the target of the irony of trumpeters, who compared him to a normal president’s stormy day.
Joe Biden, who strictly respects the barrier gestures, denounces the management of his rival’s pandemic.
Through his rallies, Donald Trump “propagates even more not only the (new) coronavirus, he propagates dissension and discord,” he thundered on Thursday, presenting himself again as a unifier.
In Iowa, he attended a drive-in rally in Des Moines on Friday afternoon (local time) and then went to Saint Paul, the capital of Minnesota, for another speech in front of his supporters in the car, and finally in Milwaukee, a major city in Wisconsin.
Donald Trump won a landslide victory in Iowa in 2016, but this time this agricultural state seems at stake. This is the first time Joe Biden has returned to this state from the poor score he won in the Democratic primary in February.
Record turnout in Texas early voting
His race partner Kamala Harris attends three rallies in Texas.
This large conservative state has not voted for a Democratic candidate in the White House since 1978. But based on polls and a record mobilization, Democrats are hoping for victory.
By casting nine million ballots, the number of early votes in Texas exceeded the total number of votes cast in 2016 four days before the election.
Texas – with 38 big voters out of the 270 needed to win the White House seat in this one-round indirect universal suffrage system – could turn the situation around.
The Democrat is traveling with former President Barack Obama to Michigan on Saturday to talk, according to his campaign team, about “how to unite Americans to respond to the crisis that is hitting the country.”