October 20, 2020: The Commission on Presidential Debates announced that each candidate’s microphone will be muted during the other candidate’s two-minute remarks to open each topic segment. The Supreme Court denied a request for a stay of a state court ruling allowing ballots received until November 6 to be counted in Pennsylvania.
“It leaves the president with two options: Either find a way to ramp up turnout among working-class white voters in the state, specifically white men. Or turn things around with the white women who helped propel him to the White House four years ago. …
White men are still mostly with Trump in the Keystone state, backing him by anywhere from 14 to 20 points, according to public polling. Bortz’s household is an example of the gender divide reflected in polls: Her husband supports the president. But across nearly every other demographic, including white women without a college degree, Trump is slipping.
Trump won that voting bloc by 20 points in 2016, according to exit polls. Recent surveys show him now winning the group only by 5 to 10 percentage points.”
– Laura Barrón-López and Holly Otterbein
The Commission on Presidential Debatesannounced on Monday that each candidate’s microphone will be muted during the other candidate’s two-minute opening remarks for each of the final debate’s six segments on Thursday. During the rest of the debate, the microphones will be on for open discussion. Both campaigns agreed to the rule.
The U.S. Supreme Courtsplit 4-4 on whether to grant a stay of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision allowing ballots received until November 6 to be counted. As a result, the state court’s decision stands.