Obama hits campaign trail for the first time for Biden

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October 21, 2020: Former President Barack Obama is campaigning for Joe Biden in Philadelphia. Jo Jorgensen participated in Ballotpedia’s Candidate Conversation series.


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Notable Quote of the Day

“Presidential races have been tight in North Carolina over the last three cycles. No party has won the state by more than 4 points. Barack Obama won it by less than a point in 2008. Mitt Romney took it by 2 points in 2012. And Trump won it by a little less than 4 points in 2016, making it one of only six states Trump won by less than 5 points in 2016.

But unlike a lot of other important swing states, North Carolina has a history of voters casting a lot of ballots early. The state allows those early votes to be processed before Election Day, so it shouldn’t take days to count much of the vote. We’re not talking about Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, two states that are expecting a wave of absentee voters because of the coronavirus pandemic and have no real experience counting a lot of early votes. …

In other words, unless the race is really close (which it could be), North Carolina should give us a fairly good insight into both the presidential and Senate landscapes on Election Night.”

– Harry Enten, CNN

Election Updates

  • According to campaign filings with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, Joe Biden ended September with $177 million in cash on hand, while Donald Trump had $63 million.
  • Former President Barack Obama is campaigning for Biden in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The drive-in rally is his first event for Biden on the campaign trail.
  • Biden is airing seven new Spanish and bilingual ads across several markets, including Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  • Trump and the Republican National Committee are spending $55 million on ads in the final two weeks of the election. They are targeting Arizona, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Michigan.
  • Trump is holding a rally in Gastonia, North Carolina, on Wednesday.
  • Trump ended an interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes early on Tuesday. He tweeted that he was considering posting the interview early “so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about.”
  • Jo Jorgensen participated in Ballotpedia’s Candidate Conversation series. Click here to watch her interview.

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