President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden went poaching on rival ground in the Midwest on Friday night, four days before election day. Biden went for Iowa, a state that backed Trump in 2016; the president made a play for Minnesota, which voted for Hillary Clinton last time round. Trump was targeted for failing to combat the covid pandemic – more than 9m confirmed cases in the US; more than 200,000 deaths – but his audiences outnumbered and outshouted those of his rival.
The Democratic candidate has a solid national lead in the polls and his war chest is double that of his Republican rival. But recalling the 1916 upset, Biden commented: I don’t take anything for granted.”
More than 85 million people have voted early, 55 million of them by post, promising the biggest voter turnout in over a century.