Joe Biden makes final pitch in Pennsylvania while Trump visits Virginia

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is making a final appeal to Pennsylvania voters on Election Day — including signing a wall in his childhood home — as President Trump visits his campaign headquarters in northern Virginia and first lady Melania Trump votes in Florida.

The president held five mega-rallies in an election eve sweep of battleground states Monday and returned to the White House around 3 a.m. Tuesday. But with voting underway, only a visit to his nearby campaign office and a possible Tuesday evening White House speech are on his schedule as Republicans hope for heavy in-person turnout.

Former Vice President Biden is ahead in most national and swing-state polls and is seeking to defend his apparent advantage with a final trip to Scranton, Pa., where he lived as a child, and to Philadelphia, where riots and looting last week added uncertainty in the Democratic stronghold.

“From this house to the White House by the grace of God,” Biden wrote on the wall of his childhood home, according to a photo from his traveling press pool. He added his autograph and the date.

Trump fought hard to keep Pennsylvania in his column after a narrow 2016 win and often pointed out Biden moved away from the state when he was little. He hosted a large Scranton rally on Monday and spoke at four rallies across the state Saturday.

Biden, who campaigned little due to the COVID-19 pandemic, needs a strong showing in Pennsylvania’s urban areas and among black voters, whom his campaign reportedly is concerned about.

Trump’s final four days of rallies took him to the tight swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Iowa and Minnesota. He told thousands of tightly crowded backers that the polls again understate his support.

Joe Biden speaks to supporters in Scranton, PA
Joe Biden speaks to supporters in Scranton, PAGetty Images

Melania Trump on Tuesday morning voted in person in Palm Beach in the first couple’s adopted home state Florida, which is essential to her husband’s re-election. Trump cast an early in-person ballot during a recent visit to Florida, which will report early and absentee votes Tuesday night, unlike some states where counting may take days.

Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, will spend Tuesday doing nine interviews, his daily press guidance says, including with Spanish-language Cada Tarde and Radio Mambi as the Republican ticket seeks to lock in polling gains among Latinos, especially in Florida.

Democratic running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will travel Tuesday to Detroit, Mich., for an effort to flip the state that Trump narrowly won in 2016. Trump made two stops in the state Monday.

Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff will campaign for her in Columbus, Ohio.

Biden “will address the nation on Election Night in Wilmington, Delaware and be joined by Dr. Biden, Senator Kamala Harris, and Doug Emhoff,” according to guidance from the campaign.

Several hundred Trump guests are expected at the White House on Tuesday evening.


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