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This quirky campaign without massive acts benefited the Democrat, who has been ahead of the Republican billionaire with a 6-8% lead in national polls for a month.

Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden, his running mate Kamala Harris, and Vice President Mike Pence visit key states for the November elections in the United States, in the final stretch of a campaign held in a tense country. So will Donald Trump.

Less than two months before the elections, the campaign intensifies, weighed down by covid-19 and an economy hit by the pandemic, but it is far from the frenetic pace of other occasions.

The candidates, who customarily tour multiple states a day, limit their travel this year, and in the case of Biden, 77, they meet with very few voters.

Added to the impact of the coronavirus are protests against racism and police violence, sometimes marked by riots, as well as pro-Trump demonstrations such as in Portland, the northwestern city convulsed after a hundred days of mobilizations.

After months of confinement and very limited travel, Biden resumed last week a more sustained rhythmBut still a far cry from that of Trump, 74, who gives speeches in the open air to hundreds of followers and answers more frequently to questions from journalists.

This quirky campaign benefited the Democrat, overtaking the Republican billionaire with an advantage of between 6% and 8% in national polls for a month.

But the distance is smaller, and is even in the margin of error, in the half dozen states hinges, those where the results vary from one election to another.

In the 2016 presidential elections, Trump contradicted forecasts by prevailing in several of those states by a slim advantage.

And the next few weeks will be crucial if the Democrats want to win back those places. Time is short: one of those states, North Carolina, launched vote-by-mail operations on Friday.

On Monday, Labor Day, the candidates focused their campaigning on the economy.

Biden met with several union leaders in his home state of Pennsylvania. Then he met Richard Trumka, the president of America’s largest federation of unions, the AFL-CIO.

Pence traveled to Wisconsin a state in the north of the country where Trump won by the minimum in 2016.

The vice presidential candidate, Harris, also came to Wisconsin, on her first visit to a key state after her nomination. Like Biden last week, she met, privately, upon arrival at the Milwaukee airport, with the family of Jacob Blake, a black man who was seriously wounded by the bullets of a white policeman.

After visiting an IBEW union training center, in the afternoon met with African-American businessmen in that same city.

The 55-year-old senator from California is the first black and Indian vice presidential candidate in the country’s history. The turnout of African Americans, a traditionally Democratic electorate, plunged in the 2016 election in Wisconsin and their mobilization will be key on November 3.

The elections will be marked this year by the wave of demonstrations against racism that emerged after the death of George Floyd, a black citizen who was suffocated by a white policeman in late May.


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