Joe Biden campaigns in Dallas, Pennsylvania
Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in campaign rally in Bristol, Pennsylvania
Biden returned to his native Pennsylvania for socially distanced drive-in rallies in Bucks County and Luzerne County, two areas crucial to winning the important state, where he hammered Trump for his irresponsible handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Trump visited North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin, holding large in-person rallies where thousands of people crowded together without masks.
Both 2020 candidates have lavished attention to the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, the likely tipping-point state in the Electoral College.
Campaign manager Bill Stepien told reporters they would “put the nail in the coffin” for Biden in Pennsylvania, and possibly Ohio and Minnesota.
Biden and Trump are also locked in a tight race in Texas, a state Democrats have long dreamed of taking but one in which the comments could prove damaging.
“Fracking has to continue because we need a transition,” the former vice-president said during a recent meeting with voters in Pittsburgh, close to the heart of swing state Pennsylvania’s prolific shale gas industry. There’s “no rationale to eliminate, right now, fracking”.
This week’s Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found 49 percent of likely voters in Pennsylvania backed Biden, while 45 percent in the state supported the president. Biden’s 4 percentage point lead falls right on the edge of the poll’s margin of error.
Last week’s poll showed the former vice president leading Trump by 7 percentage points, with Biden getting 51 percent compared to the president’s 44 percent.
The Pennsylvania average shows Biden’s largest lead. The Democratic nominee averages 52% support to Trump’s 43% in polling conducted between September 20 and October 5. In both Wisconsin and Michigan, the averages show Biden with 51% support to 43% for Trump.
– Michigan (543 respondents): 52% Biden, 43% Trump, 4% other, 2% unsure
– Ohio (586): 50% Trump, 47% Biden, 3% other, 1% unsure
– Pennsylvania (600): 52% Biden, 45% Trump, 2% other, 1% unsure
– Wisconsin (560): 53% Biden, 45% Trump, 2% other, 1% unsure
Gavin Newsom (D) CA
Andrew Cuomo (D) NY
Gretchen Whitmer (D) MI
Tom Wolf (D) PA
Krystal and Saagar talk about an MSNBC guest who called protestors advocating to re-open the government apart of a, ‚Fox News death cult.‘
Wolf has not said whether he will sign the measure but has said he will consider it.