The electoral campaign in the United States entered its last two days with the current president, Republican Donald Trump, immersed in a hectic final agenda to try to turn around some adverse polls intention to vote clearly leaning toward his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump began the day with an act in the rain in Washington (Michigan) promising no more quarantines or business closures for the pandemic, in a clear message against his opponent and the Democratic governors who have been characterized by taking restrictive measures to prevent the expansion of the coronavirus, which in the United States has caused more than 9 million infections and 230,000 dead.
The Democratic candidate was quick to respond to the president through his official Twitter account in which he assured that “more than 230,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 and Donald Trump has given up trying to control the virus. “
“If we hadn’t won last time [en las elecciones de 2016], I probably wouldn’t be here in Michigan, “Trump said, acknowledging the importance of this state from the American Midwest to victory in the election next Tuesday, and where the polls place him slightly behind Biden.
His appearance before his fervent supporters in Michigan was the first of a marathon day with stops in Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Biden still favorite in polls
With just three days before Election Day, voting intention polls continue to favor Joe Biden, who place ten percentage points ahead de Trump.
The newspaper The Wall Street Journal he assured this Sunday that 52% of voters have expressed their support for Biden, while 42% have done it for Trump.
However, the newspaper notes that that advantage narrows in key regions. Specifically, it indicates that in twelve states where the fight between the two candidates is being close, Biden’s advantage is reduced to six points.
For his part, in a newspaper poll The New York Times Also published this Sunday, it is collected that in four states in contention in which in the 2016 elections Trump beat the then Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden is in the lead.
Specifically, it refers to Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida, where precisely Trump concludes his busy electoral agenda.
The newspaper ensures that in Arizona Biden is ahead of the president by 6 points (49% -43%), in Florida by 3 (47% -44%), in Pennsylvania, by 6 (49% -43), and in Wisconsin, by 11 (52% -41%).
The closing of the early voting
The “final sprint” of the candidates coincides with the closing of the face-to-face vote in advance in states like New York, a Democratic stronghold, or in disputed Florida.
In New York City, where Biden’s victory is taken for granted, more than a million people They have taken the opportunity to deposit their ballots in the first elections in which this voting option is offered. In 2016 more than 2.6 million people voted on Election Day in the Big Apple.
At the electoral college located in the Madison Square Garden stadium in Manhattan, Danielle Sintra explained to Efe that she had come to vote this Sunday because last Saturday, when the centers for early voting opened, the queue went around the building.
Coinciding with a rainy morning, the place appeared little traveled and towards noon the voters were arriving little by little, without having to wait, as happened in the first days.
Meanwhile, in Florida, where in addition to the Republican candidate, a rally was expected for Jill Biden, wife of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, 61.85% of those registered to vote have already done so.
However, the candidates do not seem to have given up on convincing the remaining 39.15% to break the almost dead heat between the two political figures.
Analysts agree that Trump needs to win in Florida, that contributes 29 of the 270 votes of the Electoral College required to be declared the winner of the presidential elections.
Biden’s great asset to finish off his campaign in Florida is former President Barack Obama, who will be the star of a rally this monday in South Florida, of which no further details are known.
Fear of post-election violence
Coinciding with the last day of the early voting, the congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, representative of the most left wing of the Democratic Party, assured Efe this Sunday that the country is in an “extremely dangerous moment” and stressed the importance of insisting on “non-violence” and that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.
“We are in an extremely dangerous moment and that is why it is very, very, very important to insist on non-violence and that people respond for their actions,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a campaign event held in the New York neighborhood of Jackson Hights.
Specifically, the Puerto Rican politician denounced the white racist groups and the harassment to which a campaign bus of the Democratic candidate in Texas was subjected. The FBI investigates this incident, which occurred on Friday and captured on video, in which according to local media a hundred vehicles of Trump supporters, they harassed a Biden campaign bus on an interstate, forcing Democrats to cancel two planned campaign rallies for “safety reasons.”
Fears of a possible wave of violence, which have spread through several states of the country, have also infected iconic businesses and buildings in downtown Manhattan, such as the Empire State Building, which have protected your windows with wood panels to avoid eventual destruction and looting, such as those that occurred in late May and early June.
Macy’s stores, on Broadway, or The North Face clothing store, on 5th Avenue, appeared this Sunday entrenched behind the wooden planks, which Macy’s has chosen to paint black, while in Washington, the federal capital, numerous businesses have their paneled windows protected.