Biden and Trump campaign in final pitch to voters ahead of election day

Washington — President Biden and east President Donald Trump Those running for federal and state office are spending the final days of the midterm election cycle stumping their respective parties’ candidates, issuing a stern warning to their supporters of what is at stake this election year.

On Tuesday morning, the last full day of campaigning, Mr Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is on her way to Maryland to attend a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore, who could make history as the state’s first black governor if elected. Moore’s victory over Republican rival Dan Cox would also reclaim the governor’s mansion in Annapolis for Democrats, following two terms from Republican Larry Hogan’s government.

The stop in Maryland by Mr Biden follows a presidential visit to Westchester County, New York, to campaign for Governor Kathy Hochul, who is trying to take on the challenge of Republican Representative Lee Zeldin. Meanwhile, Jill Biden, who has been a fixture on the campaign trail this election year, was in Houston for Democrats’ support up and down the ballot in Texas.

Trump will spend the eve of Election Day holding a final rally in Ohio for Republican Senate nominee JD Vance and other GOP candidates. Vance Democratic Rep. to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman. Tim is facing off against Ryan, and Vance’s support of Trump during the GOP primary helped him close the nomination.

The event in Ohio follows a weekend of rallies organized by the former president in support of Republicans on the ballot in Pennsylvania and Florida.

During a rally Saturday for Republican candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz and Doug Mastriano at Latrobe, a GOP-stronghold in western Pennsylvania, Trump mocked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican rising star who is seen as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, calling him “Ron de Sanctimioneus.”

Former President Trump rallies in Pennsylvania ahead of midterm
Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano shakes hands with former US President Donald Trump during a rally at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport on November 5, 2022 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

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But on Sunday in Miami, where Trump rallied in support of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who is running for re-election against Democrat Representative Val Demings, the former president backed his ribbing of DeSantis, instead asking supporters Said they would “re-elect Ron DeSantis as your governor.” DeSantis was not at Trump’s rally in Miami, and instead held separate events elsewhere in the state.

Trump also teased his potential future presidency, telling the crowd in Miami that “I’ll probably have to do it again, but stay tuned.”

According to the US Election Project, more than 40 million Americans have already cast their vote, and political stalwarts from both parties have even made their final appeals to voters across the country in the closing days of this election year.

In addition to campaigning in New York, Mr. Biden went to Philadelphia on Saturday Reunion with former President Barack Obama Oz and Josh Shapiro, for an event in support of Democrat John Fetterman, running against Maastriano’s rival for governor.

President Biden and former President Obama campaign for the state's Democratic candidates in Philadelphia
The Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator John Fetterman, former President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for Governor Josh Shapiro, and President Joe Biden raise their arms as they depart after a rally at the LiaCorus Center on November 5, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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In their closing arguments to voters, Mr. Biden and Obama have warned that their fundamental rights are on the ballot Tuesday, and predicted that a Republican-controlled Congress would make it possible for Mr. Biden to implement their policy priorities during the second half. will make it difficult. His first term.

“I want to be very clear, and I mean it honestly, what’s on the ballot this year: Your right to choose is on the ballot. Your right to vote is on the ballot. Social Security and Medicare is on the ballot,” Mr. Biden told supporters in Philadelphia. “There’s something else on the ballot: character. There’s character on the ballot.”

In New York, Mr. Biden underscored the importance of thronging voting attendees, saying, “If you all attend and vote, democracy survives.”

Democrats have sought to cast this year’s election as critical to combating threats to democracy from a faction of the Republican Party and protecting abortion access after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. But Republicans are hoping that concerns about the economy and high consumer prices will propel voters to a majority of the House and Senate.

a CBS News Battleground Tracker found Republicans ready to retake the House, while control of the Senate remains a toss-up.

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