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Supreme Court blocks Alabama curbside voting, Obama debuts on campaign trail

Highlight from Wednesday's latest election news, voting results and polls.
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All eyes are on the campaign trail as President Donald Trump and Joe Biden barrel through the remaining days of the 2020 presidential election.

The campaigns are in full preparation mode on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's final presidential debate.

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'Fresh start': Biden World Series ad focuses on unity, patriotism

A 60-second Biden ad that aired during first game of the World Series on Tuesday stresses unity, love of country and the need for a "fresh start" after Trump.

"There is only one America. No Democratic rivers. No Republican mountains. Just this great land, and all that's possible on it, with a fresh start. Cures we can find. Futures we can shape. Work to reward. Dignity to protect," says actor Sam Elliott, who narrates the ad as the "Star Spangled Banner" plays in the background. 

"There is so much we can do if we choose to take on problems and not each other. And choose a president who brings out our best. Joe Biden doesn't need everyone in this country to always agree. Just to agree we all love this country. And go from there," he adds.

The Biden campaign says it's a national ad-buy, but declined to specify how much it costs. 

'This is really a tipping point': Obama urges young people to mobilize, vote Biden

Ahead of Obama's campaign trail debut Wednesday, he released a brief video on Twitter urging young people to turn out and vote for Biden. 

"We can come out of this moment stronger than before. Voting doesn't accomplish that on its own, but we can't accomplish that without voting," Obama says in the video.

"I know there's plenty out there to make people feel cynical and plenty of people are going to seize on that to convince you that your vote doesn't matter. It's not new. It's one of the oldest voter suppression tactics there is. What is new is a growing movement for justice, equality and progress on so many issues. This is really a tipping point." 

Obama is expected to deliver a speech Wednesday night in Philadelphia on behalf of the Biden campaign, his first in-person event during the general election. 

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McConnell signals Senate Republicans don’t want bigger Covid relief bill before election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told his fellow Republican members in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he is “encouraging” the White House to wait until after the November 3 election to reach an agreement on a Covid-19 relief package with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to three sources familiar with the conversation.

McConnell was responding to a question from a GOP senator facing re-election who pressed the need to go home to campaign after next Monday’s full Senate vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

The Majority Leader indicated that he agreed that Republican members need to campaign, and that the unknown of a package is too unpredictable so close to Election Day. He added that the final price tag, policy specifics and timing of any potential deal are still far from clear.

Shortly after his private comments, McConnell told reporters that if there is a deal struck in the ongoing negotiations between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, he would bring that bill to the floor of the Senate, but he suggested too many steps remain and he didn’t indicate a timeline.

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