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Joe Biden started Election Day with a visit to his church and his son Beau’s grave.
WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign is spending Election Day, the last day on the campaign trail, focused on swing states.
Biden traveled to Scranton, Pennsylvania, and will travel to Philadelphia. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton narrowly lost the state to President Donald Trump in 2016, and Biden has focused many of his in-person visits on Pennsylvania. The former vice president has led in most polls of the state and was ahead of Trump by about five percentage points in polling analysis site FiveThirtyEight’s Nov. 2 average of Pennsylvania polls.
Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is set to travel to Detroit in Michigan, another state Democrats narrowly lost in 2016. Biden led Trump by about eight percentage points in FiveThirtyEight’s Nov. 2 polling average of Michigan.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with supporters as he visits Hank’s Hoagies in Scranton, Pa., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)
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Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes and Michigan’s 16 electoral votes could be crucial tipping points in the election as both Biden and Trump try to reach the 270 votes required for an Electoral College majority.
This evening he’ll give an address from Wilmington.
Joe Biden begins Election Day at St. Joseph’s church
Biden began Election Day attending church with his wife Jill Biden and two of their granddaughters at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Greenville, Del.
The Bidens are regular attendees of the Roman Catholic Church, which the Democratic nominee usually visits on Sundays while campaigning. The church is also the same in which Biden’s son, Beau, is buried.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden walks with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden into St Joseph On the Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware, on Election Day. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)
Biden has sought to make outreach to voters of faith an important part of his campaign. Catholic voters have long a crucial bloc in the nation and crucial swing states like Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas and Michigan.
The large and diverse Catholic vote has then been especially courted by both the Biden and Trump campaigns.
If Biden were elected president, he would be only the second practicing Catholic, after John F. Kennedy.
Kamala Harris: ‘Mask up’ and vote
Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris began her Election Day with a plea on Twitter for people to “mask up” in the face of coronavirus and vote.
“If you’ve already voted, thank you. But we still need your help. Take 20 minutes to help voters in critical battleground states find their polling location. This election is too important to leave anything to chance,” she said.
Harris is expected to campaign in Ohio and Michigan later Tuesday.
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Democrat vice-presidential running mate Kamala Harris traveled to Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday to attend a campaign event.Joe Biden’s
Biden: ‘We’re going home’
Biden flew to Scranton, Pennsylvania for his first stop in Pennsylvania on Election Day. Born in Scranton in 1942, Biden has used his hometown as one of his closing campaign messages of “Scranton vs. Park Avenue” as he vies to win back Rust Belt voters who left the Democratic Party in 2016.
Biden traveled with two of his granddaughters.
Asked what it felt like to be home, Biden told reporters, “These are the only two of my grandchildren who have never been to Scranton. So we’re going home.”
Biden spoke at a canvassing event at a local chapter of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, where Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., introduced the former vice president.
Biden touched on familiar campaign themes about restoring the middle class and restoring the soul of the country. Appearing to reference an Axios report about Trump planning to prematurely declare victory, Biden told the audience he won the tiny town of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, the first city to report votes, and joked, “Based on Trump’s notion, I’m going to declare victory tonight.”
Biden signs wall of his childhood home
Biden stopped by his childhood home during his visit to Scranton and signed the living room wall.
He wrote: “From this house to the White House with the grace of God. Joe Biden 11-3-2020.”
He also signed the bedroom wall while campaigning with Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Biden told reporters he had not spoken yet with President Donald Trump or his team today.
Joe Biden has spent nearly 5 decades in politics, culminating in his candidacy for president in 2020.
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