The Latest: Biden says campaign will focus on early voting

Joe Biden says his presidential campaign will focus on mobilizing people to vote early, especially in places where such ballots are counted quickly, to keep President Donald Trump from declaring victory before all the results are in

Via AP news wire
Thursday 17 September 2020 20:36

The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

Joe Biden says his presidential campaign will focus on mobilizing people to vote early, especially in places where such ballots are counted quickly, to keep President Donald Trump from declaring victory before all the results are in.

Speaking on a virtual fundraiser with Colorado leaders on Thursday, Biden noted that more Trump supporters are likely to vote in person while his own supporters might cast absentee ballots because of fears about the coronavirus.

Referring to Trump, Biden said, “His hope is that, by the time the polls close, he’d have more votes than I would have had, even though only a relatively small percentage of votes (were) counted.”

The former vice president said so many states now have early voting and count ballots quickly that he doesn’t believe the scenario will happen. But he says his team has to stay prepared.

On Friday, both Trump and Biden will travel to Minnesota, which holds its first day of early voting.

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