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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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Maryland man arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Biden, Harris

A man in Maryland was arrested in charges of threatening to kill Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, the Justice Department said Wednesday. 

On Oct. 4, James Dale Reed, 42, left a threatening note on a doorstep of a home in Frederick, Md., that displayed yard signs in support of Biden and Harris, the department said. 

“We are the ones with those scary guns. We are the ones your children have nightmares about,” the letter stated, according to DOJ. 

The letter went on to directly threaten Biden and Harris, DOJ said.

A Ring doorbell video recorded the letter being left and Reed was identified, the criminal complaint said. Reed admitted to writing and delivering the letter, after previously denying his involvement, according to the DOJ.  

“We take these types of threats extremely seriously. Such threats to commit violence are illegal and have no place in our democracy, and we will hold accountable those who make them,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur said. 

24 years ago today, Bill Clinton's approval rating was on its way up

The year was 1996, and incumbent Bill Clinton faced challengers Bob Dole and Ross Perot in a three-way race.

In the late stages of the contest, Clinton's approval rating climbed from the low 50s in August 1996 to 60 percent in January 1997. The October 19-22, 1996, poll had Clinton at 56 percent, with a margin of error of 3.09 percent.

In comparison, the most-recent approval poll for President Donald Trump shows 44 percent of Americans approving of his performance. See the full numbers for all recent presidents on the presidential approval poll tracker, and see the NBC News Polling HQ here.

Mel Brooks, citing Trump's response to the pandemic, endorses Joe Biden

Comedy legend Mel Brooks, citing President Donald Trump's record on the coronavirus pandemic, endorsed Joe Biden in a video message to fans on Wednesday. 

Son Max Brooks and grandson Henry Brooks stood on the other side of a glass door, holding Biden campaign signs, as Mel Brooks, 94, spoke to the camera.

"They (Max and Henry) can't be with me. Why? Because of this coronavirus and Donald Trump's not doing a damn thing about it," the "Blazing Saddles" director said. "So many people have died and when you're dead you can't do much. So I'm voting for Joe Biden. I like Joe. Why do I like Joe? Because Joe likes facts, because Joe likes science." 

The coronavirus has killed more than 222,000 Americans as of Wednesday morning, according to a running NBC News count. Trump has defended his administration's response to Covid-19, arguing that it has struck a balance between public health and economic considerations.

Biden up among likely Iowa voters thanks to seniors and swing voters

Biden is up among likely voters in Iowa, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday.

The upward tick is largely attributed to increased support among seniors and swing voters. 

The poll found that 50 percent of likely voters back Biden and 47 percent back Trump, a deviation from the advantage Trump previously held in August and September. 

Trump flipped the state in 2016 after Obama won it twice, so this election will be a major test to see if he can hold on to it.

The poll surveyed 501 voters between Oct. 15 and 19 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Maricopa County warehouse handling tens of thousands of ballots an hour

NBC's Vaughn Hillyard reports from a warehouse in Maricopa County, Ariz. that is receiving and processing thousands of mail-in ballots for the 2020 election every day.

Michigan Senate race narrowing

NBC's Shaquille Brewster reports from Michigan where the Senate race between Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters and Republican John James is tightening.

Early voting hitting unprecedented levels

NBC’s Jacob Soboroff joins TODAY to answer pressing questions about early voting and how to ensure your ballot is counted. He says over 30 million people have already voted in the 2020 election.

Biden responds to Republican senator's criticism of son Hunter

In response to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, claiming that Hunter Biden, the former vice president's son, and other family members profited off of the Biden name, Joe Biden called the attack unfounded. 

"This is the same garbage — Rudy Giuliani Trump's henchmen. It's a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family," Biden told WISN 12 News, an ABC affiliate in Milwaukee

"Ron should be ashamed of himself," said Biden, who said that the vast majority of intelligence officials have said there's no basis to the claim at all. 

Trump campaign goes for kitchen-sink approach in new Spanish-language ad

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's campaign is out with a new Spanish-language ad that throws the kitchen sink at former Vice President Joe Biden in the hopes of diminishing him among Florida's diverse Hispanic community. 

For Cuban voters, there’s a photo of Biden kneeling superimposed in front of a flag of Che Guevara and the ad also accuses him of betraying Nicaraguans, abandoning the Venezuelans, and being the candidate of Castro-Chavistas. The spot ends with Trump declaring “America will never be a socialist country.” 

Team Trump has been trying to dent Biden's image among Florida Hispanics as polls over the last few months have shown the Democrat underperforming there.  

Meanwhile, the Biden campaign recently started running testimonial spots of Spanish-speaking individuals telling their own stories — combatting the socialist charge against Biden, attacking Trump on Puerto Rican hurricane recovery and the coronavirus, and criticizing Trump's hydroxychloroquine push. 

Pennsylvania Poll: Biden leads Trump by 7 percentage points

Biden leads Trump by 7 percentage points in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state that Trump carried in 2016 and that was won by former President Obama in 2012 and 2008, according to a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll.

The poll found that 49 percent of likely voters in the state back Biden while 42 percent said they support Trump. Similarly, the survey found that 49 percent of likely voters in Pennsylvania view the former vice president favorably compared while 42 percent view Trump unfavorably. 

Obama will campaign on behalf of Biden in Philadelphia Wednesday night. 

The poll surveyed 500 likely voters between Oct. 15 and Oct. 19 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Poll: Many in U.S. distrust campaign info

In a presidential election year that has thrown the country’s divisions into stark relief, Americans can agree on this: Misinformation about government and politics is a major problem.

A new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Opinion Research and USAFacts finds that while voters say it’s pretty easy to find accurate information about voting, they have a harder time knowing whether there’s any factual basis for the information they’re getting from and about the candidates.

Among the poll’s findings: More than 8 in 10 rated the spread of misinformation about government a “major problem.” Roughly half of respondents said Trump’s campaign messages are rarely or never based in fact, while about 4 in 10 respondents say that of Biden’s campaign.

The poll of 1,121 adults was conducted Sept. 15-25 has a margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.