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Election 2020 live updates: Trump and Biden hold dueling Florida rallies

The candidates are running a tight race in the key battleground state.
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President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are holding dueling rallies on Thursday in the key battleground state of Florida, where polls show a virtual tie.

The two candidates have events in Tampa and Biden will also travel to Broward County, where the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School occurred.

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Biden to propose task force to reunite migrant children with their parents

Joe Biden is expected to announce Thursday that he will create a task force to try to reunite 545 children separated at the border from their parents through executive order on day one of his presidency, a campaign source familiar with the decision told NBC News.

The decision comes as he heads to Florida, where his campaign has been trying to chip away at support for Trump among Latino voters. Both men will be campaigning in Tampa on Thursday.

In response to the planned announcement, a government official involved in the reunification of thousands of children separated by the Trump administration said, “Those of us who worked to prevent the family separation policy from taking place, and then did whatever we could to reunify children, are eager for a chance to do more. That could be possible under an administration that shares our belief that family separation is immoral and cruel. If a Biden administration task force is created, there are experienced feds who’ll stand up immediately to volunteer.”

Biden has long pledged to protect thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and send an immigration bill to Congress in his first 100 days. 

Collins on defensive at final debate, ducks Trump re-election question

PORTLAND, Maine — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Wednesday night over attack ads, health care and the judiciary in their final debate before Election Day.

Gideon, speaker of the Maine House, sought repeatedly to link Collins with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump, urging Mainers to vote for change.

As in the past, Gideon pointed out that Collins hasn’t said whether she’ll vote for Trump. Collins did not vote for Trump in 2016, but wrote in another Republican.

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Coronavirus headlines dominate swing-state newspapers

Less than a week before the end of the election, the resurgent coronavirus outbreak is dominating local newspaper headlines.

As compiled by Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of watchdog organization Accountable Tech and a former spokesperson for Hillary Clinton, many papers led with bad news about the virus.

The U.S. is currently in the midst of serious outbreaks in many states, with national daily new cases eclipsing July levels.

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Biden holds 4-point lead in Florida, poll shows

Biden holds a 4-point lead over Trump in the key battleground state of Florida, according to the final NBC News/Marist poll of the state before Tuesday's presidential election.

More than half, 51 percent, of likely voters support the former vice president while 47 percent said that they back Trump. Two percent of likely voters are undecided or are voting for another candidate. 

Biden's lead is within the poll's margin of error of +/-4.4 percentage points.

The candidates were tied at 48 percentage in the NBC News/Marist poll from September conducted in Florida.

Poll: Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally

Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally in a new poll released Thursday by CNN, which was conducted by SSRS.  

The survey found that 54 percent of likely voters support Biden while 42 percent support Trump.

Nearly two-thirds of Biden supporters said that they already voted early or plan to vote early compared to a third of Trump supporters who also planned to cast their ballot ahead of next Tuesday. Trump, on the other hand, leads Biden 59 percent to 36 percent among people who say they plan to vote on Election Day. 

Forty-two percent said that they approve of Trump's job performance while 55 percent disapprove among all adults. 

The survey has a margin of error of +/-3.8 percent. 

Steve Kornacki: There's 'still time' for a Trump comeback

 

Trump rips 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor as a 'sleazebag'

Trump tore into admitted "Anonymous" author Miles Taylor at a campaign event Wednesday in Arizona, calling him a "sleazebag" and a "low-level lowlife" who "should be prosecuted."

Anonymous "turned out to be a low-level staffer — a sleazebag who has never worked in the White House," Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Goodyear. He called Taylor "a disgruntled employee" who he was told was fired for "incompetence."

Taylor says he resigned from the Department of Homeland Security in 2019 out of frustration with the Trump administration's directives. 

"The whole thing was just one more giant hoax from the Washington swamp," Trump said. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted." He didn't say for what.  

 

'Quick, quick, quick': Trump rushes McSally at rally as she fights to hold her Senate seat

Trump offered a not-very warm welcome to Sen. Martha McSally on Wednesday at his campaign rally in Arizona, where his fellow Republican is trying to hold on to her seat.  

After saying she was "respected by everybody" and "great," Trump rushed McSally to the stage at his Goodyear rally to say a few words. "Martha, just come up fast. Fast. Fast. Come on. Quick. You got one minute! One minute, Martha! They don’t want to hear this, Martha. Come on. Let’s go. Quick, quick, quick. Come on. Let’s go," Trump said.

McSally spoke for just over a minute, and said she was "proud" to work with the president — something a moderator could not get her say during her debate with Democratic challenger Mark Kelly earlier this month. 

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