Donald Trump and Joe Biden await their fates as an unprecedented campaign comes to an end
November 3, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 03: Voters stand in ballot boxes at the Kentucky Exposition Center on November 3, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
Millions of Americans lined up to add their votes to more than 100 million early ballots Tuesday as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden awaited their fates after offering sharply divergent visions for the future amid a Covid-19 pandemic that shows no sign of abating.
(CNN)Millions of Americans lined up to add their votes to more than 100 million early ballots Tuesday as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden awaited their fates after offering sharply divergent visions for the future amid a Covid-19 pandemic that shows no sign of abating.
Biden ended his final day of campaigning on a more optimistic note, promising to unite the country and calling it the "beginning of a new day. " On Tuesday morning, he sought to remind Americans of his blue-collar roots with a visit to his childhood home in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was surrounded by supporters on the street outside who chanted "Scranton loves Joe. "
Trump spent his final days trying to cast aspersions on vote counting, insisting that a winner should be declared on Tuesday night, even though America has long counted ballots well into the days and weeks after Election Day. The variation in counting procedures and the historic numbers of vote-by-mail ballots that must be opened and tabulated means that early night tallies after the polls close will not necessarily be predictive of the final results, in part because polls show that Democrats have favored mail-in ballots while many Republicans preferred to cast ballots in person on Election Day. With Biden leading in many national and battleground state polls, the President's team is counting on explosive Election Day turnout within the GOP and relying on their intensive, data-driven ground game to turn out quiet Trump voters, who they say have not been reflected in the polls.
As both campaigns eye multiple paths to 270 electoral votes, Biden must hold the swing states that Clinton won in 2016, including Nevada, Colorado, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and then, in the most viable scenario for the former vice president, rebuild the so-called "Blue Wall" in the Midwest that Trump blasted through in 2016 by retaking Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania for the Democrats.
The President is trying to replicate his 2016 map, but if he loses Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin to Biden, he only has a theoretical path to the presidency by playing on Democratic turf where he campaigned this past week.