Biden visits Pennsylvania, Beau’s grave on Election Day: Live updates

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Joe Biden started Election Day with a visit to his church and his son Beau’s grave.

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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.

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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.

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Joe Biden has spent nearly 5 decades in politics, culminating in his candidacy for president in 2020.

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