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President Donald Trump called Joe Biden “a career politician who hates you” during a stop in the battleground state of North Carolina and Biden called Trump “a disgrace” during an appearance in Ohio, another battleground state.
“It’s time for Donald Trump to pack his bags and go home,” Biden said in Ohio, adding that “we’re done, we’re with the chaos, we’re done with the tweets, the anger, the hate, the failure, the irresponsibility,” Biden added.
Biden and running mate Kamala Harris are crisscrossing the country for their closing arguments to the American people.
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President Trump is holding five rallies in four states on the final blitz of his campaign.
Vice President Mike Pence is also traveling to various states for a final appeal to voters.
The Democrats received a boost on Monday, after a federal judge struck down Republicans’ attempt to invalidate 127,000 ballots cast via “drive-through’ voting in Harris County, which is home to Houston.
Republicans had challenged the use of the drive-through early-voting sites, calling them an illegal expansion of curbside voting.
The sites had early been available only to people who were physically unable to enter a polling place or had health concerns but was expanded because of the coronavirus.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, found that the plaintiffs did not have standing to challenge the validity of the ballots.
Republicans had attempted in many ways to limit the expansion of voting options in Texas, particularly in Democratic-led Harris County, where local officials have spent millions of dollars to make voting easier during the coronavirus pandemic.
Polls show a close race between Trump and Biden in Texas and the 127,000 votes in Harris County could make all the difference.
Houston conservative activist Steve Hotze Republican candidates and officeholders, argued that the ballots were illegal because the Texas legislature never explicitly allowed such a voting method.
Republicans also lost another court battle in Nevada where they are also tried to limit voting.
These setbacks to the Republicans are taking place even as close to 100 million Americans have already voted.
More than 97 million Americans have already voted with Texas and Hawaii exceeding all the votes counted there in 2016, according to data from the United States Election Project at the University of Florida.
Several other states are approaching the total vote count of 2016 with election day still hours away.
State % 2016 Total Vote Hawaii 111% Texas 108% Montana 99% North Carolina 95% Georgia 94% New Mexico 93% Nevada 91% Tennessee 90% Oregon 88% Colorado 87% Arizona 97% New Jersey 80%
Nearly 62 million votes have been cast by mail and over 35 million Americans have voted in person. There are still more than 29 million outstanding ballots, the data show.
In the 2016 general elections, roughly 47 million Americans voted before election day. And while about 138 million Americans voted in total in 2016, it is projected that this time there would be a total of 150 million ballots cast with between 100 million and 110 million Americans casting their ballots before November 3, 2020.
The over 95 million ballots cast as of Monday afternoon represent nearly 70 percent of all the votes counted in 2016.
Nearly 10 million Texans have already voted in the 2020 election, surpassing the 8.97 million ballots cast in the state in 2016.
The ballots cast so far in Texas represent more than 108 percent of all the ballots cast there in the 2016 general election.
Election Day is still 24 hours away and the record-breaking numbers are a sign that Americans are passionate about the 2020 presidential race.
It’s not clear who would benefit from the surge, but pollsters have already moved Texas, the once red state from ‘leaning Republican’ to ‘toss up’.
This effectively means Texas is now considered a battleground state that can go to either Democrat Joe Biden or Republican Donald Trump.
With 38 electoral votes, Texas has not elected a Democrat since 1976, and a win for Joe Biden there would be a humiliating knockout against Donald Trump, effectively ending the presidential race.
Harris county has seen the highest enthusiasm so far, home to Houston, Texas’ biggest city.
In the battleground state of Florida, nearly 91 percent of all ballots cast in 2016 are already in as well.
At least 8.7 million people have voted in Florida, a must win state for Donald Trump if he wants to remain a resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, Washington DC, where the White House is located in the nation’s capital.
In the battleground state of North Carolina, more than 4.5 million people have already voted, representing more than 95 percent of all votes counted in 2016.
In Georgia, which has become a battleground state, nearly 4 million votes have been cast there. This represents about 94 percent of all the votes cast there in the 2016 general election.
So far, Joe Biden appears to be winning while Donald Trump appears to be losing.