Election update: GOP hunts for new voters in Trump territory; Biden briefed on virus’ spread

Election Update: Gop Hunts For New Voters In Trump Territory; Biden Briefed On Virus’ Spread

The latest headlines and other things you should know today from the 2020 election.

There are 6 days until Election Day. Here’s today’s latest.

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Top story

‘We need you’: GOP hunts for new voters in Trump territory

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign has a bold theory for how he will win reelection: It can tap a universe of millions of supporters who did not vote for him in 2016 but will do so this time.

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Supposedly, these voters are overlooked by polls that show Trump consistently trailing Democrat Joe Biden. They are mostly the white working class from factory towns, farms and mining communities that Trump has elevated to near-mythic status as the “forgotten Americans.”

They are disaffected and disconnected from conventional politics. Yet they flock to the Republican president’s rallies, plaster their yards with signs and have been filling up voter registration rolls, the campaign insists. Read more:

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In other election news:

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Battleground in focus: Ohio

Growing area with rural roots a window into swing state Ohio

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Wood County is a mix of just about everything that makes the entire state an election bellwether with its growing suburbs, a farm culture rooted in conservative values and a university that attracts younger, liberal-leaning voters.

It’s also one of nine counties in the state that flipped for President Donald Trump after backing Democrat Barack Obama in the previous two elections. Only once since 1964 has Wood County not picked the presidential winner. That’s why its sleepy suburbs and rural communities that sit just south of Toledo are being closely watched in this election, and not just in Ohio — a state Trump must win again as no Republican has taken the White House without it.

Not surprisingly, both parties believe the perennial swing county is trending their way this year. Read more:

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The latest polls

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