Biden and Trump in tug-of-war over Midwestern US

Biden and Trump in tug-of-war over Midwestern US
The Denocratic candidate holds a solid national lead ahead of Tuesday's general election. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: In a final burst of campaigning for the election, President Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden have criss-crossed Midwestern states that may hold the keys to win the election.

Joe Biden went on the offensive in the state of Iowa, a state that voted for Mr Trump by 10 points in 2016.

Donald Trump made a play for Minnesota, which voted narrowly for Hillary Clinton four years ago.

The Democratic candidate holds a solid national lead ahead of Tuesday’s general election.

But his advantage over President Trump is narrower in the handful of US states that could vote for either candidate and ultimately decide the outcome of the election.

More than 85 million voters have already cast early votes, 55 million of them by post, setting the US on course for its biggest voter turnout in over a century.

Mr Biden, Democrat, has taken a more measured pace to campaigning than President Trump, spending much of the election cycle at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, citing coronavirus restrictions.

But on Friday he sprinted through Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin on his busiest day yet.

When the former Vice President was last in Iowa, in January, his presidential campaign was in serious jeopardy after he was defeated in a party vote to choose the Democratic nominee.

Now Mr Biden could be days away from becoming the 46th president of the United States.

Over the last few days, President Donald Trump is focusing on historically Democratic industrial states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that he picked up four years ago in his against-all-odds victory.

He also headed to midwestern state of Minnesota on Friday, which has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1972.

Four years ago, Mr Trump lost the state by just 44,000 votes.

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