By James Oliphant
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – With just one week left before the Nov. 3 election, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden will tour the country on Tuesday for an intense campaign day that will also include former President Barack Obama. .
Biden, who is leading the race for the White House against his Republican rival in national opinion polls, set out on a trip to Georgia, which has not supported a Democrat in the US presidential election since 1992.
Trump will hold rallies in three states key to his re-election expectations: Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
The US presidential campaign this year has been unlike any other because of the raging coronavirus pandemic, which has already killed more than 225,000 people and prompted a historic early vote.
In another show of confidence in Biden, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that he will spend about $ 15 million on television advertising in Texas and Ohio in the coming days.
Texas has long been seen as too distant a possibility for Democrats in a presidential election and was seen as not worth the expense in the final days of a campaign.
Bloomberg, which lost the Democratic nomination to Biden, decided to make the publicity bet after reviewing polling data from several states on Monday, a spokesperson said by email.
In Georgia, opinion polls show the race to be close, and a Biden win there would likely be a serious blow to Trump’s chances. The Democrat told reporters Monday that he believes he has a “fighting chance” to conquer the state.
He will hold an afternoon event in Warm Springs, Georgia, before ending the day with an evening rally in Atlanta.
More than 66 million votes have been cast so far, which is close to half of the total votes in 2016, according to the United States Election Project at the University of Florida.
The sheer volume of mail-in ballots could take days or weeks to count, experts say. Voting by mail is nothing new in the United States – about one in four votes were cast that way in 2016 – but the trend is increasing amid the pandemic.
Trump, who has repeatedly and without proof that votes sent by mail are susceptible to fraud, said Monday on Twitter: “You have to have the final total by November 3.” Twitter marked the tweet with a disclaimer describing the content of the message as “controversial” and potentially misleading.
(Information from James Oliphant; edited in Spanish by Michael Susin and Juana Casas)