Donald Trump and Joe Biden are stepping up efforts to win voters ahead of the midterm congressional elections
- Max Mazz
- BBC Washington
US President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have held rival campaign rallies as the election that will reshape Congress enters its final campaign day.
Biden and Trump made their last-minute requests to voters in New York and Florida, respectively.
The momentum has recently shifted to the Republicans, who are trying to wrest both houses from Democratic control.
Opinion polls suggest these are the favorites to gain control of the House of Representatives, but the Senate can leave either party.
But winning a single room would seriously derail President Biden’s legislative agenda.
As the campaign enters its final day on Monday, his party faces losses even in parts of the country where Democrats typically win.
Biden spoke at a rally in New York on Sunday in support of Gov. Kathy Hauckol facing an unexpectedly intense challenge from Trump-backed Republican nominee Lee Zelden.
Hokol received last-minute help from some of the Democratic superstars – former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Kamala Harris and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In his speech, Biden described the election as a “watershed moment” that will shape the next 20 years. He told voters at Sarah Lawrence College they were choosing between “two fundamentally different visions of America.”
Meanwhile, his predecessor in the White House, Donald Trump, was in Miami, where he spoke for more than an hour and attacked the Democrats for leading the country toward “communism.”
“The Democrats want to turn America into a communist Cuba or a socialist Venezuela,” Trump told the audience.
“We welcome every Hispanic in Florida and across the country with open arms to our (Republican) party.”
Trump also continued to hint that he could run for president again in 2024 and urged voters to “stay informed” for his Monday rally in Ohio.
Polls suggest Democrats are likely to lose their majority in the House of Representatives.
It’s likely that control of the Senate will depend on the results of very close races in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada.
Experts say that during the early voting period, more than 40 million votes have already been cast so far, exceeding the total number of early votings in 2018.
The counting of postal votes usually takes longer than the votes cast by people.
Several major battleground states, such as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, prevent election officials from beginning counts before Election Day.
what happens on monday
- Biden will appear at a rally in Maryland, a state traditionally considered a Democrat stronghold.
- Trump organizes an evening rally in Ohio by author and former Trump critic JD Vance.
- First Lady Jill Biden is traveling to Virginia to support current Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton.
- Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, seen as a potential challenger to Trump in the White House in 2024, will be in Miami.
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