Trump treated at Walter Reed Medical Center over weekend

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October 5, 2020: Donald Trump was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment on Friday. Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Sunday.



The Cook Political Report updated its race ratings on September 29, 2020:

  • Iowa and Ohio moved from Leans Republican to Toss Up.

Sabato’s Crystal Ball updated its race ratings on October 1, 2020:

  • Iowa and Ohio moved from Leans Republican to Toss Up.
  • Wisconsin moved from Toss Up to Leans Democratic.
  • Minnesota moved from Leans Democratic to Likely Democratic.

Notable Quote of the Day

“The degree to which Trump benefits from a post-Covid bounce will depend largely on the speed and manner of his hoped-for recovery.

That will affect whether he is seen as weakened – or will the myth of invincibility be reinforced? A sympathetic response to a pollster’s inquiry is different from the decision taken at the polling booth on whether to grant another four years to the same leader. In conditions that are entirely novel for the whole world, other leaders’ [Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro’s] past is unlikely to prove prologue for Donald Trump.”

– Julian Borger, Sam Cowie, and Peter Beaumont, The Guardian

Election Updates

  • The vice presidential debate is scheduled to take place on Wednesday. The Commission on Presidential Debates agreed to seat Mike Pence and Kamala Harris 12 feet apart, per the request of Joe Biden’s campaign.
  • Biden is being tested daily for COVID-19. He tested negative on Sunday.
  • Biden is campaigning in Miami on Monday with stops at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and in Little Havana. He will then attend a town hall event hosted by NBC News.
  • Biden said on Saturday that he advised some governors not to publicly endorse him because he was concerned their states would be penalized by the Trump administration and COVID-19 supplies would be withheld.
  • Donald Trump was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday evening. He has received several treatments for COVID-19, including dexamethasone, Regeneron’s experimental antibody treatment, and remdesivir. On Sunday, doctors said that Trump had experienced two drops in his oxygen levels but continued to improve. Dr. Brian Garibaldi said that “if he continues to look and feel as well as he does today, our hope is that we can plan for a discharge as early as tomorrow [Monday] to the White House where he can continue his treatment course.”
  • Over the weekend, Trump posted two videos to Twitter discussing his condition and thanking his supporters. He also greeted supporters outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in a presidential motorcade on Sunday.
  • Jo Jorgensen campaigned in Maine and Vermont over the weekend.

Flashback: October 5, 2016

Bernie Sanders campaigned in Wisconsin for Hillary Clinton.

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