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Trump, Biden presidential campaigns in final push

There are only two weeks left until Election Day.
Image: President Donald Trump and Joe Biden on a background of concentric circles made up of blue and red stars.
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President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are heading into the final stretch of the 2020 presidential campaign.

With two weeks to go until Election Day and millions of people already casting their ballots at early voting sites or by mail, the candidates are facing enormous pressure to solidify their bases and win over undecided voters.

On Thursday, the two candidates will face off in the last presidential debate.

This live coverage has ended. Continue reading election news from October 21, 2020.

Read the latest updates from the trail:

'We have a little surprise for '60 Minutes'': Trump at North Carolina rally after walking out of interview

661d ago / 12:59 AM UTC

President Trump continued to attack "60 Minutes" during a campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday a day after the president stormed out of an interview with veteran journalist Lesley Stahl, whom the president has taunted since the interview. 

One of Trump's grievances regarding the taped interview, which is set to air on Sunday, apparently has to do with Stahl bringing up his low approval rating among women, he revealed at the rally. In a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, likely female voters preferred Democratic nominee Joe Biden to Trump by 23 points. He also teased a "surprise" for the network before the program airs.

"I said, jokingly, the last time out last time that I said, 'women of the suburbs please, please love me, I've done such a great job, please,'" Trump said. "And on '60 Minutes,' fake '60 Minutes,' she said, 'you are begging for women to love you.'" 

Trump added, "You'll see, you'll see ... We have a little surprise for '60 Minutes.' I won't name the anchor, you know the anchor."

Obama targets young voters in video ahead of campaign trail debut

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Trump goes to the videotape on fracking at Pennsylvania rally

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662d ago / 12:40 AM UTC

As expected, President Trump told his Erie, Pennsylvania, crowd that a Joe Biden victory would spell disaster for fracking and mining in the state, which is critical to their economy.

“So much for the American dream. And, Joe Biden will ban fracking and abolish it in Pennsylvania. How many times did he say your fracking and mining industries will be outlawed, exiled, eradicated, and totally extinguished?" Trump said. "Joe Biden has repeatedly pledged to ban fracking.”  

While Biden has said he will not ban fracking, his position is complicated.  

In a new move for his rallies, Trump played the crowd a video montage of news clips of Biden and Kamala Harris speaking against fracking. 

The video was the exact same video debuted at Vice President Mike Pence’s event last on Saturday in Pennsylvania and again yesterday at his additional event in the state. 

662d ago / 12:00 AM UTC

Trump abruptly ends '60 Minutes' interview, taunts CBS' Lesley Stahl

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662d ago / 11:35 PM UTC

President Trump abruptly ended a taped interview at the White House with "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley Stahl on Tuesday and taunted the veteran CBS News journalist in tweets. 

"I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME! This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about," the president tweeted. He also called the interview a " terrible Electoral Intrusion" in another tweet

He then posted a short video making light of Stahl not wearing a mask while appearing to talk with producers for the show at the White House. CBS said Stahl had been wearing a mask as she entered the White House and up to the time of the interview.

"You have to watch what we do to 60 Minutes," Trump said early in his rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night. "You'll get such a kick out of it, you're going to get a kick out of it. Leslie Stahl is not going to be happy.”

One source told NBC News that the president and Stahl spoke on-camera for more than 40 minutes. The president, during what the source called a “natural breaking point in the conversation,” told Stahl: "I think you have what you need." 

The interview is described by the source as “testy at times.”

“He gave them more than 45 minutes for a show that’s one hour and will also feature an interview with Pence, Harris, and Biden. They went way over, so he wrapped and didn’t do the walk-and-talk," another source told NBC News. 

The interview is set to air this Sunday on CBS. 

662d ago / 11:12 PM UTC

Melania Trump will not be joining the president at tonight's rally as originally planned

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662d ago / 11:08 PM UTC

In chilly Erie, Pennsylvania, where President Trump will soon land for his 12th rally in seven days. A massive crowd has formed here and airport officials expect as many as 10,000 people.

First lady Melania Trump was supposed to join her husband for this event (in what would have been her first rally in 16 months) but she scrapped the trip over a “lingering cough” from her positive Covid-19 diagnosis earlier this month “out of an abundance of caution.”

She hasn’t been on the campaign trail since the official launch of the re-election campaign last summer.

  

NYPD on Election Day security in NYC

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663d ago / 10:49 PM UTC

The NYPD vows a safe Election Day with uniformed officers at every polling location and a focus on physical threats as well as cyber threats, top department officials said Tuesday.

NYPD’s four-star Chief of Department Terence Monahan said that “if anyone tries to interfere with peoples’ right to vote we will take action” and that voting is a “sacred right” for all Americans.

Both Monahan and Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Intelligence John Miller said that the NYPD had received no specific or credible threats to the election but noted the heightened political rhetoric and attention to this year’s vote.

The department is teaming up with a FBI cyber command post, the New York City Board of Elections, and their own Intelligence Bureau to monitor cyber events across the U.S. to make sure the online threat to election day is monitored and responded to as well. Right now, they’re focused on DDOS attacks, Ransomware incidents, and analyzing suspicious IP addresses as part of that effort.

Mute point: Debate co-chair defends mic-cutting decision

663d ago / 9:11 PM UTC

The co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates on Tuesday defended the group's decision to mute microphones for parts of Thursday's debate, saying the organization is just trying to enforce rules the Trump and Biden campaigns have already agreed to.

The CPD announced Monday night it would cut off Donald Trump and Joe Biden's microphones while their opponent delivers initial two-minute answers on each topic at the Nashville debate, a decision the president told reporters he thought was "very unfair."

In an interview Tuesday on MSNBC, CPD co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf noted the campaigns previously had agreed their candidates would give their opponent two minutes of uninterrupted time to answer each of the initial six topic questions.

"Both parties agreed before the first debate and also agreed again before the second," Fahrenkopf told Ayman Mohyeldin.

"If you watched the first debate, it's easy to see those rules were not followed, even though they'd agreed to," Fahrenkopf said, referring to last month's chaotic faceoff between Trump and Biden, which featured both candidates, but mostly the president, interrupting and trying to talk over each other. One TV anchor described it as "a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck."

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Democratic lawmakers say Postal Service blocked access to facilities

663d ago / 8:49 PM UTC

Democratic lawmakers told the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. Postal Service has blocked them from inspecting the agency's facilities in the lead up to the presidential election. 

Though the newspaper did not say how many lawmakers nationwide were denied access to Postal Service facilities, they report that at least five Democrats said they were blocked from entering and given inconsistent reasons by the federal agency with only 14 days remaining until Nov. 3.

Though he was able to visit a large mail processing plant just before the 2018 election, Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., said the Postal Service told him this time that it could be considered a violation of the Hatch Act for him to enter nonpublic areas of their facilities within 45 days of an election. The Hatch Act forbids federal employees from engaging in political activity. 

“These are phony-baloney excuses. It’s not like I’m trying to get into Area 51 or something,” Pascrell said.

U.S. Postal Service police previously barred Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., from entering two mail sorting facilities in Florida early last month.  

In response to recent complaints from lawmakers, the Postal Service said its staff had arranged for more than 60 visits from congressional lawmakers since June and maintained its “ongoing commitment to transparency and oversight.”

“The Postal Service has been, and will continue to be, responsive to the Congress’s legislative needs in providing information on postal matters, while also protecting our legitimate institutional prerogatives,” the agency said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.

Who are the first time Trump voters?

663d ago / 8:03 PM UTC

It's unclear.

In dozens of voter interviews across six battleground states over the past few months, efforts by NBC News to find first time Trump voters have largely come up short.

Luke Klingelhofer, 41, a nurse from outside Duluth, Minnesota, was one of the few first time Trump supporters NBC has spoken with.

Klingelhofer voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but became disenchanted with Democrats and didn't vote in 2012 or 2016. Now, he says he will vote for Trump. 

"I don't like how identity politics have become such a mainstay in the Democratic Party," Klingelhofer explained to NBC in September, lamenting that the union he is a part of recently asked white members to sign a pledge acknowledging their privilege and committing to stand up for people of color after the death of George Floyd.

"It's not that I'm against that or anything," Klingelhofer said. "But I don't like how it's shoved in our face."

While anecdotal, NBC's difficulty finding new Trump voters on the campaign trail highlights the president's struggle to expand his coalition beyond his base supporters.

'Monkeys with flamethrowers': How Trump plowed through his $1 billion war chest

663d ago / 6:59 PM UTC

President Donald Trump’s sprawling political operation has raised well over $1 billion since he took the White House in 2017 — and set a lot of it on fire.

Trump bought a $10 million Super Bowl ad when he didn’t yet have a challenger. He tapped his political organization to cover exorbitant legal fees related to his impeachment. Aides made flashy displays of their newfound wealth — including a fleet of luxury vehicles purchased by Brad Parscale, his former campaign manager.

Meanwhile, a web of limited liability companies hid more than $310 million in spending from disclosure, records show.

Read more here.

Doesn't look good for Clinton in Pennsylvania

663d ago / 6:48 PM UTC

Bombshell text messages haven't upended N.C. Senate race

663d ago / 5:12 PM UTC

It was a typical October surprise — Cal Cunningham, the Democratic Senate nominee in North Carolina, was forced to admit to having had an extramarital relationship after news reports surfaced with text messages he sent to the woman as recently as July.

It was the kind of bombshell that gave Republicans hope that the incumbent, Thom Tillis, could recover the kind of support he has consistently lost in the polls, giving them a shot at holding onto a seat in a battleground state that could be instrumental in their keeping control of the Senate.

But this October, the surprise appears to be having little impact on the race.

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Pelosi 'optimistic' about relief talks, but warns deal could slip past the election

663d ago / 5:04 PM UTC

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Tuesday that she was "optimistic" about the status of Covid-19 relief negotiations with Republicans after being deadlocked over a package for months. 

But Pelosi warned in an interview with Bloomberg News that if negotiators don't have a bill written by the end of the week, a stimulus deal will not happen until after Election Day, which is Nov. 3. 

The speaker is expected to talk with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday afternoon and hopes to work out language on testing and contact tracing.

“Hopefully by the end of the day today we’ll know where we all are," she said. 

She also said that the two remaining sticking points are over funding for state and local governments and liability protections. 

'Seinfeld' stars reuniting to raise money for Texas Democratic Party

663d ago / 5:01 PM UTC

Giddy up: "Seinfeld" stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander are reuniting with series co-creator Larry David for a virtual event benefiting the Texas Democratic Party.

"A Fundraiser About Something" will be moderated by "Late Night" host Seth Meyers and live-streamed on Friday night. The name of the event is a nod to the famous description of "Seinfeld" as a "show about nothing." (The series aired on NBC from 1989 to 1998.)

The event, available to contributors who chip in any amount, will feature Louis-Dreyfus, Alexander and David telling "exclusive behind-the-scenes stories about their favorite 'Seinfeld' episodes," according to a description on ActBlue, the online fundraising platform.

Democrats are hoping for a surprise victory in Texas, a traditionally Republican state that is showing signs of turning blue amid rapid demographic changes and Democratic gains in suburban areas. President Donald Trump holds a narrow lead in the state, according to most polls.

In the run-up to Nov. 3, virtual cast reunions have become popular ways to raise money for state Democratic parties. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin last month drew more than 110,000 donors to a reunion of the cast of the Rob Reiner film "The Princess Bride." The cast of the television series "Happy Days" is reuniting on Sunday to raise money for the Wisconsin Democrats, too.

Louis-Dreyfus, for her part, has been vocal in her support for Joe Biden's candidacy. She tweets frequently about supporting Democratic candidates and hosted the final night of the virtual Democratic National Convention in late August.

Melania Trump to skip Pennsylvania rally due to cough

663d ago / 4:46 PM UTC

Melania Trump will no longer travel to Erie, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday with the president due to a "lingering cough" from her bout with coronavirus," the first lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.

"Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recovery from COVID-19, but with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today," Grisham told NBC News in a statement.

The first lady was expected to join her husband at a Tuesday night rally, her first in over a year.

Photos: In-person voting begins in Wisconsin

663d ago / 4:31 PM UTC
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Martha Crowley casts her absentee in-person ballot at a polling site Tuesday at the Milwaukee Public Library's Washington Park location on the first day of in-person voting in Wisconsin. Bing Guan / Reuters
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Voters wait in line outside the Washington Park Library in Milwaukee to cast their ballots Tuesday. Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP - Getty Images

Committee on Presidential Debates says final debate was not dedicated to foreign policy

663d ago / 3:51 PM UTC

The Committee on Presidential Debates said Tuesday that the final presidential debate was not previously "devoted to foreign or domestic policy."

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien criticized the topics selected by moderator, NBC's Kristen Welker, in a letter. He claimed that both camps agreed the final debate should focus on foreign policy, suggesting that the committee changed the topics to favor Joe Biden. 

"The choice of topics is left entirely to the journalistic judgment of the moderators," the committee said on Twitter. 

Both candidates will answer questions on fighting COVID-19, American families, race, climate change, national security and leadership. 

The view from one of Pennsylvania's most important swing counties

663d ago / 3:43 PM UTC

Few counties across the political landscape are of more importance than Pennsylvania's Erie County — and the county executive says it's going to be a tight race there through the finish.

In 2016, Trump, who won Pennsylvania, prevailed in Erie by about 2,000 votes, a swing from 2012 when former President Barack Obama won by 20,000 votes. This year, both candidates are targeting Erie. Biden having recently visited there, and Trump is set to hold a gathering there Tuesday evening.

"One thing that happened in 2016 from the Democratic side; I think they kind of forgot about Erie County," Kathy Dahlkemper, the county executive and a former Democratic congresswoman, told NBC News. "We had no visits. Of course now it's different, but we had no visits from Hillary Clinton."

Trump has tried to woo the region with promises of coal and steel jobs, and insisted but that Biden would eliminate fracking, but Dahlkemper says that message doesn't fly in Erie County. 

"I believe we're going to take Pennsylvania, but it's going to be a fight and not going to be a blowout," she said. "I just use my visual clues of driving around the county and the signs — people love their signs in Western Pennsylvania."

Utah gubernatorial opponents appear in joint unity video

663d ago / 3:07 PM UTC

The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor in Utah have produced a joint video calling for unity in the face of political disagreement. 

Two weeks till Election Day, Democrats have a big lead in early voting

663d ago / 1:58 PM UTC
Democratic voters have turned in more early votes than Republicans in most states.
Democratic voters have turned in more early votes than Republicans in most states.

Two weeks before Election Day, early votes have come in from almost every state and Democrats have a clear edge in ballots already cast, according to NBC News’ Early Voting tracker.

More than 29 million people from 45 states have voted as of Tuesday morning, either by mail or in-person. Nearly half of those votes — almost 14.2 million ballots — have come from Democrat-affiliated voters. Republican-affiliated voters have returned almost 10.1 million ballots. And while not every Democrat will vote for former Vice President Joe Biden and not every Republican will vote for President Donald Trump, Democrats currently have a 14-point edge in returned ballots.

Read more here.

After botching past elections, Detroit aims to avoid a 'black eye' in November

663d ago / 1:45 PM UTC
Image: A poll worker drowns in a flood of mail-in ballots while juggling paper ballots in his hands.
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Two months ago during Michigan’s primary, a record number of absentee ballots overwhelmed city election workers, who were short-staffed and ill-prepared because of Covid-19. Exhausted workers, processing ballots all day and into the following morning in this massive, concrete basement, had made so many errors that 72 percent of the city's absentee-ballot counting boards were out of balance, meaning the number of votes recorded did not align with the number of ballots cast.

Donald Trump won Michigan four years ago by just 10,704 votes. If the election doesn’t go his way this time, he and his supporters — already on high alert from the president’s repeated unfounded assertions that Democrats will try to rig the election — are sure to scrutinize how the ballots were tallied in Detroit. The state’s largest city is overwhelmingly Democratic, and Joe Biden is likely to get more votes in Detroit than in any other city in the state.

So when city and state election officials announced last month that they needed thousands of energetic election workers to help address the problems that undermined the August primary, they were flooded with applications.

Read more about how Detroit is preparing for Election Day.

Demonstrations planned for outside Thursday night debate

663d ago / 1:27 PM UTC

Protesters are planning to gather outside Nashville's Belmont University on Thursday night as the school plays host to the final debate between Trump and Biden. 

The protest is being organized by a group called "Be Better Belmont," which is trying to draw attention to systemic racism both at the school and in the city of Nashville. 

“We’re demanding transparency in governing the finances of the institution. We’re asking for accountability,” Safara Parrott, an organizer of the protest, told News 4 Nashville.

Read more on WSMV.com

Lindsey Graham's challenger, Jaime Harrison, has put S.C. back in play for Democrats

663d ago / 1:25 PM UTC
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Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison addresses a drive-in rally in North Charleston, S.C., on Saturday.Cameron Pollack / Getty Images

Kenyatta Grimmage likes to talk politics with his customers during the 20 or so minutes it takes to give each of them a haircut at Howard’s Barber Shop, which is Black-owned and also a school for apprentice barbers that takes up two small ranch homes along a busy roadway near the Charleston Naval Weapons Station.

In recent years, the conversations have been pessimistic about the state of politics in Washington, but Grimmage, 39, said there's been a noticeable shift in tone in recent weeks. It’s something he’s never seen before — an excitement to vote, particularly in the tight race for South Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat between the Republican incumbent, Lindsey Graham, and his Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison.

The Harrison-Graham race has gained national attention for the tight polling numbers between a well-known GOP stalwart seeking his fourth term who has aligned himself closely with President Donald Trump, after losing the party's presidential nomination to him in 2016 and denigrating Trump as the party's standard bearer, and an insurgent Democrat whose message of resetting the political conversation has helped him raise an eye-popping $57 million in the final weeks of the race.

Read about the state of the race.

Trump says Biden has 'gone into hiding' as the former VP preps for debate

663d ago / 1:01 PM UTC

Talking for more than 45 minutes on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" on Tuesday, Trump said that Biden is "imploding" and has "gone into hiding." 

Biden's campaign says he has not held campaign events this week because he's preparing for the final debate against Trump on Thursday night. 

"We’re gonna win the election, we're doing very well. If you look at all of what's happening and all of the people that come in and don't come in, you take a look all around the country," Trump said. 

He added that the 2020 race is about “the great American Dream versus being a socialist hellhole because they're going to turn us into a socialist nation. We're going to be no different than Venezuela.”

Sen. Loeffler under fire in free-for-all Georgia Senate special election debate

663d ago / 12:22 PM UTC
Image: Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) speaks after being endorsed by Georgia Republican House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene during a joint press conference
Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., speaks on Oct. 15 in Dallas, Ga.Dustin Chambers / Getty Images

Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins both accused the other of lying and touted their own conservative credentials in their first debate, while Democrat Raphael Warnock assailed Loeffler for associating herself with a congressional candidate who has embraced baseless QAnon conspiracy theories and made racist remarks.

Tense exchanges flew in all directions Monday afternoon, as six top candidates in the crowded special election for the U.S. Senate seat Loeffler was appointed to 10 months ago sparred over President Trump’s coronavirus response, the Black Lives Matter movement, support for police and economic recovery.

Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman, was appointed in part by Gov. Brian Kemp last year to help Republicans in Georgia appeal to moderate suburban voters. But since then she has been running to the far right while trying to fend off the challenge from Collins, one of Trump’s most visible defenders in the U.S. House.

Read more on the debate.

Some states count ballots if voter dies before Election Day

663d ago / 12:18 PM UTC

Questions over whether ballots will count if someone votes early but dies before Election Day are especially pressing this year, amid a coronavirus outbreak that has been especially perilous for older Americans.

People 85 years and older represent nearly one in three deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. As an election looms, the odds against older people who contract the virus are on the minds of the elderly and their family members.

Seventeen states prohibit counting ballots cast by someone who subsequently dies before the election, but 10 states specifically allow it. The law is silent in the rest of the country, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Read the story.

Biden leads Trump in new national poll

663d ago / 11:41 AM UTC

Biden tops Trump by 9 percentage points, according to a new national poll of likely voters by The New York Times and Siena College released Tuesday. 

The poll found 50 percent support Biden while 41 percent back Trump. The survey also found that voters prefer Biden over Trump to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and trust him to unite the country, to choose Supreme Court nominees, and to maintain law and order. 

The survey's margin of error is +/-3.4 percentage points. 

And see the NBC News national polling average in the presidential race here

Former RNC chair Michael Steele endorses Biden

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663d ago / 11:30 AM UTC

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has endorsed Joe Biden, the first such endorsement of a Democratic presidential nominee in the modern era.

Steele was elected party chairman in 2009 as the GOP sought to regroup from President Barack Obama's historic victory in 2008 and he presided over the RNC as it marshaled tea party opposition to the Obama-Biden administration to make significant gains in Congress and across the country in the 2010 midterms.

A former lieutenant governor of Maryland, Steele lost a 2006 bid for U.S. Senate in the heavily Democratic state. He has become an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, serving as a senior adviser of the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump super PAC. But until Tuesday morning he had not officially endorsed Biden.

His backing comes as the Trump campaign has sought to make inroads among African American voters, especially younger Black men who have tended to support Biden in lower numbers than other age groups.

Because of his role with the Lincoln Project, it's unlikely Steele, who is also a political analyst for MSNBC, would play a direct role in Biden's campaign or act as a surrogate. But he informed the Biden campaign of his plans to publicly support him.

663d ago / 11:00 AM UTC

Biden, Trump in dead heat in North Carolina, poll finds

663d ago / 10:51 AM UTC

Biden and Trump are in a dead-heat in North Carolina, according to a ABC News/Washington Post poll in the battleground state released Tuesday. 

The survey found 49 percent of likely voters back Biden while 48 percent said they support Trump. The competitive Senate race between incumbent GOP Sen. Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham is also close, with 49 percent for Cunningham and 47 percent backing Tillis. 

The NC poll has a margin of error of +/-4.5 percentage points.

And here's the latest from the NBC News national polling average in the presidential race.  

Scenes from a MAGA

663d ago / 10:31 AM UTC
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Reflected in a supporter's sunglasses, President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Tucson, Ariz. on Monday.Alex Brandon / AP
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Supporters of President Donald Trump at the rally.Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images
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Trump waves to a cheering crowd as he arrives. Ross D. Franklin / AP
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Supporters are handed signs as they wait to hear the president speak. Olivier Touron / AFP - Getty Images

'A Republican bloodbath': GOP senators fear painful Trump defeat

663d ago / 10:19 AM UTC

Republican senators are increasingly voicing fears that Trump could lose the election, and some are openly fretting that he'll turn the party's candidates into electoral roadkill, distancing themselves from him to an unusual extent.

A weekend of agonizing from Republicans did not yield any perceivable course correction from Trump as he continued his inflammatory rhetoric on the campaign trail and directed some of his fire right back at anxious GOP senators on Twitter.

Read more here.

Trump and Biden will have mics cut during opponent's answers in final debate

663d ago / 10:17 AM UTC

Trump and Biden will have their microphones cut off during Thursday's final presidential debate while their opponent delivers initial two-minute answers to each debate topic, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday.

Trump and Biden's only previous debate last month was marred by frequent interruptions from Trump, leading to calls for the debate moderator to have the ability to cut off each candidate's microphone while their opponent spoke.

Read more here.

Trump ramps up rally strategy that may come with more risk than reward

663d ago / 10:16 AM UTC

In Trump's favored narrative of how elections are won and lost, the candidate who holds the most events with the biggest crowds wins.

"He goes out, he gets no people at any of the rallies," Trump said of Biden at a Sunday campaign event in Nevada. "I go out, we get 35,000. 40,000, 25,000, 15,000. We go boom, 15,000, we get the biggest crowds in the history of politics...We get these massive crowds, he gets nobody and then they say we are tied."

Now, with two weeks to go, he heads into the final stretch of the race relying heavily on his rallies to change the dynamic of the contest — a risky strategy for a persistently unpopular candidate, and one that has failed to demonstrate success in moving voters into his column.

Read more about Trump's rally push here.

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Biden outspent Trump on the airwaves in every key battleground state over past week

663d ago / 10:10 AM UTC

Biden's presidential campaign has outspent Trump's on television and radio ads in every key battleground state over the last seven days as the Trump re-election effort continues to fall behind the Democrat in fundraising. 

Over the last seven days, Biden outspent Trump in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin, per the latest figures from Advertising Analytics.

That's every single state listed as a toss-up or leaning Democrat/Republican by the Cook Political Report

Read more here.

Biden, Trump reach out to Puerto Rican voters

663d ago / 10:07 AM UTC

Before the first day of early in-person voting began in Florida on Monday, the Biden and Trump campaigns stepped up their efforts to mobilize Puerto Rican voters on the mainland U.S. — including targeting Puerto Ricans on the island, hoping they will nudge their relatives stateside to vote.

It's a unique tactic that has not been used with this intensity in previous election cycles. But with swing-state Florida's 29 electoral votes at stake, both campaigns are zeroing in on Puerto Ricans, whose population in the state is about 1.2 million.

On Monday, Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, was in the Puerto-Rican heavy city of Orlando, where she slammed Trump for having "inside information" that the coronavirus was much deadlier than the flu and not letting the public know. Harris, who said health care, climate change and criminal justice were on the ballot, also gave an interview to one of Puerto Rico's main news outlets, WAPA TV.

Just over a week ago, Vice President Mike Pence hosted a Latinos for Trump event there.

Read more about the candidates' efforts to court Puerto Rican voters here.

Melania Trump returning to campaign trail after lengthy absence

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663d ago / 10:05 AM UTC

President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail last week with a flurry of appearances and his family members have fanned out to events across the country, but one of his key surrogates has been notably absent: first lady Melania Trump.

On Tuesday, she will attend her first rally in more than a year, accompanying her husband to Erie, Pennsylvania, according to the White House.

Since March, Melania Trump has played a very limited public role as the incumbent first lady, opting to stay away from the political events the president has dedicated most of his time to in the final months of the election.

Read more about the first lady's return to campaigning.