Donald Trump and Joe Biden will go head-to-head for the second day in a row with stops in Minnesota and Wisconsin
President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden will face off for the second day in a row on Friday – this time in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The two presidential candidates held dueling events in Tampa, Florida on Thursday as the United States broke a daily record with more than 88,000 new cases of coronavirus.
Now, with only four days to go to the election, they will shift their focus to the Midwest as they cross into the industrial states that helped Trump in the Oval Office four years ago.
They will both spend a few hours in Minnesota – Trump in Rochester and Biden in St. Paul – along with stops in Wisconsin – the president in Green Bay and his Democratic rival in Milwaukee.
President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will face each other in Minnesota and Wisconsin on Friday after holding dueling rallies in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday.
Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate in more than 20 years to win Wisconsin when he wore it in 2016 – a shocking victory that left Democrats stunned. The state was part of a “ blue wall ” of Midwestern industrial states for Democrats. But Trump also flipped two other “blue wall” states: Pennsylvania and Michigan.
All three states he fights to preserve again.
The two men are campaigning in Wisconsin as coronavirus cases reach new levels. Wisconsin ranks third in the nation in per capita COVID cases. It recorded one-day records for both new COVID cases and deaths this week.
The Wisconsin game could be Monday’s Supreme Court decision, which effectively ruled out the counting of post-in ballots received after election day, even if the post was flagged on Nov. 3.
It begs the question of how many late votes will be disqualified.
Joe Biden told reporters he wasn’t worried about losing Minnesota, made his comments at a Delaware airport before leaving for a three-state campaign
President Trump took to Twitter to complain about Minnesota officials limiting his Friday event to 250 people due to coronavirus restrictions
Meanwhile, the two contenders will also be in Minnesota – a state that hasn’t carried a Republican presidential candidate in over 20 years. Richard Nixon was the last to do this in 1972.
But Trump lost the state by less than two points in 2016, and by campaigning there, he’s forcing Biden to spend time in the state.
Biden said he wasn’t worried about losing the state.
“No, I’m not worried,” he told reporters in Delaware as he prepared to leave during Friday’s campaign in three states. “We’ll be in Iowa, we’ll be in Wisconsin, so I thought I’d stop in Minnesota. I don’t take anything for granted. we are going to work until the last minute for each vote. ‘
The Trump campaign was forced to reset their campaign plans for Friday’s event when Minnesota officials cut attendance to 250 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They are now calling it a ‘MAGA Peaceful Protest’ – Trump has complained that protests are allowed in cities, while officials are trying to limit his attendance meeting due to the virus. He joked that he will call his gatherings “peaceful protests” so they can have greater numbers.
Trump’s event was originally scheduled at Rochester International Airport, but it was then moved to McNeilus Steel, a private company located at the nearby Dodge Center, to accommodate a larger audience.
The company predicted that 25,000 people would come.
However, the Tim Walz Democratic government has limited gatherings to 250 people. State Attorney General Keith Ellison had asked the campaign for a COVID readiness plan and said he had received no response.
Late Thursday night, the event was moved back to the airport and, according to the Trump campaign, only the first 250 people would be allowed in.
Without a doubt, Minnesota Democrats had hoped the president would simply cancel the event, but he will not allow partisan politicians to deprive people of their First Amendment rights to peacefully gather to hear directly from the President of the United States , the Trump campaign said in a statement.
First lady Melania Trump made a rare campaign appearance with President Trump in Tampa, Florida on Thursday
The whole Democratic ticket – Joe and Jill Biden along with Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff – will break Pennsylvania on Monday
The Trump campaign is also fighting hard for Pennsylvania: Melania Trump was there on Tuesday and Ivanka Trump was there on Wednesday
President Trump weighed in at 2 a.m. during a tweet storm and complained that “ we had plans for as many as 25,000 people in Minnesota. Now, at the last minute, the governor will only admit the first 250 people. ‘
Biden’s event in the state – a ride in rally similar to his other stops – will follow COVID restrictions.
The Democratic nominee held a drive-in rally in Tampa on Thursday – which was cut short when a rainstorm hit and drenched the candidate – after Trump held an open-air rally in the city a few hours earlier.
First Lady Melania Trump joined the president in his appeal to Florida voters at a packed rally with few masks and little social distance. It was so hot that fire trucks sprayed water on the crowd and several people passed out.
Meanwhile, the Biden campaign revealed its plans to bring the campaign to a close – the entire ticket will be spent Monday on piercing the unmissable state of Pennsylvania.
Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will “ storm and fan out Pennsylvania all over the state, ” the campaign said in a statement.
Biden will also play in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Both sides are campaigning hard to win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes. Trump wants to repeat his victory in 2016, and Biden wants to win the state he was born in.
Trump will hold three rallies in Pennsylvania on Saturday – in Bucks County, Reading and Butler. He is expected to make another stop in the state before election day. And he held three meetings across the state on Monday.
The president became the first Republican in more than 20 years to win Pennsylvania in 2016, although his profit margin was one point.
Biden leads with four points in the RealClearPolitics average of polls in the state.
The Trump campaign is also using an all hands on deck approach for Pennsylvania.
First lady Melania Trump made a rare campaign appearance there on Tuesday. And first daughter Ivanka Trump was there on Wednesday.
In addition, President Trump will campaign in Michigan on Friday, while Biden makes a stop in Iowa.