© Reuters. US President Donald Trump attends election campaign events in Pennsylvania
From Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump will kick off his final two-day campaign sprint across the battlefield states of the 2020 elections on Sunday to defy the polls and win a victory over Democrat Joe Biden.
Given the seemingly narrow path to re-election, Trump is expected to stop in states that will prove crucial in deciding whether to stay in the White House for four more years or whether he will be the first president since George H.W. becomes. Bush failed to apply for a second term in 1992.
Biden, who has made Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic the central theme of his candidacy, will camp out on Sunday in Pennsylvania, a state that may decide the election winner.
On Sunday and Monday, Trump will run 10 rallies – five a day – making it the busiest stretch of the campaign. The incumbent Republican wants to generate enough momentum to generate an overwhelming turnout from his supporters on Tuesday, election day.
The president will hold rallies in Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida on Sunday. On Monday, his campaign has scheduled events in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and two in Michigan.
He'll wrap up the two-day swing on Monday with a late-night rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he ended his campaign in 2016. In his unlikely victory four years ago, he took Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin with him. Three states that had been in the democratic column for decades.
Complaining Trump is a rising number of coronavirus infections. The country has recorded more than 9 million cases, with nearly 230,000 people dying.
Trump downplayed the virus and says his opponents are using it against him. He warns that a Biden presidency would result in yet another virus lockdown the country cannot afford.
At a rally on Saturday in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Trump appeared to lament his close race with Biden, whom he regards as a weak opponent.
"That could only happen to me," said Trump. "How could we be bound?"
National polls show Biden has a clear lead, but state polls among battlefield states show a closer race.
To win again, Trump will have to go down a narrow path, winning states he won in 2016, such as Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, and Arizona, and at least one of the Midwestern states he holds against four years ago, such as Pennsylvania, Michigan or Wisconsin.
Some Republicans are pessimistic about Trump's chances, believing he has too many states with his back to the wall and fear that the 90 million who voted early will propose a wave-building against the president.
Trump and his team believe polls undercut the Republican's support, arguing that many of his supporters are reluctant to admit so much to pollsters and that the incumbent will win thanks to a strong Republican electoral effort.
Trump warned again on Saturday that Tuesday night election results may not be known as mail-in votes are counted in states like Pennsylvania.
"I think it is very likely that you will not make a decision because Pennsylvania is very large," said Trump in Newtown.