Trump and Biden fire up voters as election looms
As the election to define Congress entered its final campaign day, President Joe Biden and ex-President Donald Trump staged dueling rallies.
Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump made last-minute appeals to voters in New York and Florida, respectively.
Republicans have recently gained momentum in their bid to seize control of both chambers from the Democrats.
They are favorites to win control of the House of Representatives, but polling indicates that the Senate is a toss-up.
Republicans gaining one chamber would significantly impede President Biden’s agenda.
With the campaign entering its final day on Monday, his party is bracing for losses, even in areas of the country where Democrats often perform well.
He spoke at a rally in New York on Sunday in favor of Governor Kathy Hochul, who is facing an unexpectedly brutal campaign from Trump-backed Republican contender Lee Zeldin.
She has received last-minute assistance from Democratic heavyweights such as former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Kamala Harris, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Biden persuades voters to ‘preserve’ democracy.
The president and former President Barack Obama have been crisscrossing America in a last-ditch effort to persuade voters that a Democratic victory is crucial not only to Biden’s legislative agenda but also to the survival of American democracy.
However, Republicans appear to be gaining ground by capitalizing on voter frustration with inflation and concerns about crime and illegal immigration. According to election predictions and polls, ex-President Donald Trump’s party is likely to win a majority in the House of Representatives and possibly control the Senate.
In his speech, Mr. Biden referred to the election as “an inflection point” that will define the next 20 years. Instead, he reminded Sarah Lawrence College voters that they are choosing between two “fundamentally different conceptions of America.”
Meanwhile, his predecessor in the White House, Mr. Trump, was in Miami, where he talked for over an hour, accusing Democrats of leading the country to “communism.”
“Democrats want to make America like communist Cuba or socialist Venezuela,” Mr. Trump told the audience.
“To every Hispanic American in Florida and across the nation, we welcome you with open arms to our [Republican] party,” he continued.
Mr. Trump also continued that he may run for president again in 2024, encouraging voters to “stay tuned” for his rally in Ohio on Monday.
According to polls, Democrats are likely to lose their House majority.
The outcome of highly close contests in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Nevada will most likely determine Senate control.
Experts estimate that nearly 40 million votes have already been cast during the early voting period, surpassing the total number of early ballots cast in 2018.
Mail-in ballots typically take longer to count than in-person votes, leading to the possibility that numerous races will be too close to call on Tuesday night.
Several critical battleground states, including Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, prohibit election officials from commencing the count until election day.
GOP, Dems 2 planets in separate orbits of the sun
In a briefing, author and pollster John Zogby stated, “In every election in the past, there is a common set of issues that everybody agrees on, and one party says, this is how we will attack these issues, and the other party says, no, this is how we will attack these issues.” Today’s difference is two different parties, two different sets of issues, two different realities, and two different facts sets to support those realities. It’s like two planets orbiting around the sun but in different orbits.”
Whatever the conclusion, discussion about the 2024 presidential election will almost certainly begin before the last vote is cast in 2022. If Democrats suffer significant losses, Biden may face pressure to announce that he will not run again, particularly from the left. He turns 80 on November 20 and is already the oldest president in American history.
Even if his anointed candidates have a horrible night, Trump, who is 76, is likely to announce his candidacy sooner rather than later. At a rally in Iowa on Thursday night in support of Republican candidates, he declared, “Get ready, that’s all I’m saying you – very soon.” “Get ready.”