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Biden campaign warns supporters: ‘Trump can still win this race’

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A caravan of supporters for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden drive past supporters of President Donald Trump standing on the sidewalk next to the Versailles Restaurant during a Worker Caravan for Biden event on October 18, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (AFP photo)

The campaign of US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has warned its supporters that Republican President Donald Trump could still win the Nov. 3 election.

"The very searing truth is that Donald Trump can still win this race, and every indication we have shows that this thing is going to come down to the wire," Biden campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon has written in a memo to supporters.

"The reality is that this race is far closer than some of the punditry we're seeing on Twitter and on TV would suggest," O'Malley Dillon wrote. "In the key battleground states where this election will be decided, we remain neck and neck with Donald Trump."

This comes as Biden is holding on to his sizable lead over Trump in the national polls. According to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, published Thursday, Biden leads Trump 54% to 43% nationally.

He is also ahead of Trump by several percentage points in critical states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, show Real Clear Politics polling averages. The Democratic nominee leads the incumbent with smaller margins in other places such as Florida and North Carolina.

On Sunday, Biden implored his supporters in North Carolina to “go vote today,” while Trump called on Nevada residents to cast ballots early in a state he narrowly lost in 2016.

So far, around 27.9 million Americans have already cast ballot papers either by mail or in person ahead of the election, according to the US Elections Project at the University of Florida.

The staggering figure is being driven in part by worries about crowds at polling sites on Election Day during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Early voting is under way, so get out and vote,” Trump told attendees at a rally in Carson City, Nevada, a state where voting started on Saturday.

Biden, on the other hand, said, “We gotta keep the incredible momentum going; we can’t let up.”

Joe Biden speaks at the Riverside High School in Durham, North Carolina during a campaign stop on October 18, 2020. (AFP photo) 

“Don’t wait - go vote today,” he told his supporters in Durham, North Carolina, a battleground state where 1.4 million, or 20%, of the state’s registered voters had already voted as of Sunday morning.

This comes as a final debate is scheduled for Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. Their second presidential debate, which had originally been scheduled for last Thursday, was canceled after Trump refused to participate virtually following his COVID-19 diagnosis.

The first of three scheduled presidential debates was widely criticized for descending into an angry shouting match, with Trump frequently hectoring and interrupting, prompting Biden to tell him to "shut up" as the two fought over COVID-19, healthcare and the struggling economy.

Biden also slammed Trump for claiming over the weekend that the US had “turned the corner” in the pandemic, pointing out that the number of new cases across the country had increased to the highest level in months.

“As my grandfather would say: ‘This guy’s gone around the bend if he thinks we’ve turned the corner,’” Biden said. “Things are getting worse, and he continues to lie to us about circumstances.”

At the Nevada rally, where there was little social distancing, Trump ridiculed Biden for his cautious approach toward the disease.

“Listen to the scientists!” Trump said in a mocking voice. “If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression.”

The disease has so far affected over 8,387,700 and killed more than 224,700 in the United States, making it the worst-hit country.

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