Joe Biden coming to Ohio in final hours of campaign

Updated: Nov. 1, 2020 at 1:01 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Former Vice President Joe Biden will make a campaign stop in Cleveland Monday fewer than 24 hours before in-person voting begins on election day, according to the Biden-Harris campaign.

The Democrat will discuss “bringing Americans together to address the crises facing the country and winning the battle for the soul of the nation,” a campaign statement reads.

Location and timing details are forthcoming.

Biden spent much of Sunday getting out the vote in Pennsylvania, a pivotal state President Donald Trump won by 0.7 percent over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Polls currently show Biden leading Trump by 4.9 points in the state.

The race is much tighter in Ohio, which Trump carried by 8 percent in 2016. Current polls show the president’s lead inside the margin at just 0.2 points.

Even if Trump wins Ohio, Texas (where polls show him up 1 point) and Florida (where polls show him down 1.8 points), a Biden win in Pennsylvania would all but ensure an electoral victory for the Democrats.

Other paths to a Biden win include potentially flipping Georgia (where polls show him leading by 1.6 points) or North Carolina (where polls show him leading by 2.3 points.)

That explains in part why Trump’s schedule in the final 48 hours of the race is so dizzying, with five rallies in as many states on Sunday and seven more planned for Monday.

Democratic concerns center on turnout among Black voters.

The challenge is exacerbated by the push to encourage mail-in voting, of which Black voters have been historically skeptical in strongholds like Philadelphia, Democratic lobbyist Joe Hill told AP.

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