On the eve of the US presidential election, Donald Trump is throwing all his strength into the battle on Monday in the hope of making the polls lie that place his Democratic rival Joe Biden in a favorite position.
In an America on edge, and in the context of an anxiety-provoking coronavirus epidemic, the 74-year-old businessman continues to predict a Republican “wave” despite unfavorable winds.
“We are going to win four more years in our magnificent White House!”, Launched Sunday the one who fears to be the first president not to be reelected for a second mandate for more than a quarter of a century.
On the program for his last day of the campaign: five meetings, in four states – North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin – with a last act in Grand Rapids (Michigan), as in 2016 where he had, in the home stretch, created a surprise that had stunned the world.
Joe Biden, 77, focuses on Pennsylvania, which he hopes to tip over to finally open – on his third attempt – the doors of the White House.
“Two more days! In two days, we will put an end to this presidency which has divided our country,” he said Sunday from Philadelphia.
“The last time (in 2016), Donald Trump won Pennsylvania with a lead of just 44,000 votes (out of a total of over 6 million votes), he recalled.“ Every vote counts! ”.
– Tensions in the country –
A month after his Covid-19 infection and countless campaign meetings, the American president shows no signs of fatigue, quite the contrary. He has been traveling the country for over a week, spending very little time in Washington.
A sign of the tension that reigns at the end of a campaign of incredible aggressiveness, businesses in several American cities, including New York and the capital Washington, were barricaded for fear of violent demonstrations.
Asked about speculation in the media about the possibility of him declaring himself the winner on Tuesday night if the results are undecided, Donald Trump categorically denied. “No, no, that’s false information,” he said as he descended from Air Force One in North Carolina.
“As soon as the election is over, our lawyers will be ready,” he added, however, suggesting the possibility of a long legal battle.
“My answer is that the president is not going to steal this election,” said Joe Biden.
According to the New York Times, Donald Trump intends to organize an election night in the living rooms of the White House and would consider hosting up to 400 guests.
Joe Biden will speak to the nation from his stronghold in Wilmington, Delaware.
The polls put the Democrat ahead.
A New York Times and Siena College opinion poll published on Sunday puts him ahead of Donald Trump in four decisive states, all won by the Republican in 2016: Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida and Wisconsin.
But observers repeat their calls for caution, pointing to the 2016 poll, where Donald Trump created one of the biggest surprises in American political history, by defeating Hillary Clinton.
The atmosphere of election night will largely depend on the order in which key states switch to one side or the other.
A victory for Joe Biden in Florida, where the results could be announced soon enough, could quickly end the suspense of election night. The two septuagenarian candidates are neck and neck in this great state in the Southeast.
Singularity of the American system: it is the large voters, and not the popular vote, who make the election. In 2016, Donald Trump had garnered nearly three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton, but won a majority of the 538 voters.
More than 93 million Americans have already voted in the presidential election, suggesting a record turnout.
Former President Barack Obama, very present in this home stretch, will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, and Miami, Florida on Monday to support the candidacy of the one who was his vice-president for eight years.
For two weeks, he has been calling not to repeat the mistakes of 2016.
“A lot of people stayed at home, were lazy and complacent. Not this time! Not in this election!”
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