Biden, Trump gather on safe ground ahead of the election
Biden isn’t the only one playing on friendly turf as the vote approaches. First Lady Jill Biden headed to Northern Virginia, where she campaigned with Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) congressional district the president won by nearly 20 points in 2020. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump rallied with Republican JD Vance Monday night in Dayton, Ohio, a deep-red state that Democrat Tim Ryan has forced into a tighter race for an open seat in the Senate.
“Tomorrow you have to vote Republican in the huge red wave that we’ve all been hearing about,” Trump said, after stepping from a Trump-branded plane onto the stage of a rally in Dayton.
Projecting confidence to Vance and the crowd, Trump said, “JD, you’ve got some really good polls, I saw today. What the hell am I doing here? Good night everyone” and faked his way out.
The late campaign swings underscored how Tuesday’s midterm elections could dramatically change the makeup of Congress and statehouses across the country. Democrats are on the defensive in the House of Representatives, while Republicans are eyeing supermajority control in state houses such as North Carolina and Wisconsin. House Republicans need to combine just five House seats to flip the chamber, while an evenly split, 50-50 Senate means the GOP must flip one seat to take over.
Public opinion polling shows that the margins of error are racing across the country, especially in the Senate, as operatives in both parties look anxiously to see how voters could be spoiled on Tuesday. In recent weeks, Republicans have edged out or outspent Democratic candidates in several races, from Georgia to Arizona to New York.
Biden, along with former President Barack Obama, gathered in Pennsylvania on Saturday night for one of the most prominent races: the contest between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz. The president has focused much of his final campaign schedule on rallying against election deniers, including that rally when he told voters: “We must reaffirm the values that have long defined us.”
“We are good people,” Biden continued. “I know this is.”
Biden’s focus on defending democracy comes as Americans go to the polls for the first time since the Jan. 6 uprising and as a number of election-denying candidates appear poised to win office on Tuesday.
Trump, who continues to deny the results of the 2020 presidential election, said Monday night in Ohio: “The vote counter is more important than the candidate.”
But many voters, according to public and private polls, consistently cite economic concerns, such as the high cost of living, as the top issue that will determine their vote.
That sparked an early round of recriminations within the Democratic Party about her messaging, as both operatives and candidates prepare for a tough night. One of Biden’s interviewers, John Anzalone, he told the Wall Street Journalwhose firm polls, that Republicans appear on track to make gains not only among Latino voters but also among black voters.
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