Donald Trump delivered a dire message to Pennsylvania voters on Saturday as he launched one final flash of rallies in Swing State – his last chance to hold on to the White House.
The president again lifted the prospect of electoral fraud in both main and national swing states, warning that Democratic rival Joe Biden would keep the country trapped in an "endless nightmare of lockdowns."
Mr Trump and Mr Biden are doing one final game for the States Republicans, which was held ahead of Tuesday's 2016 elections. The former Vice President battled ex-President Barack Obama in Michigan while Trump spent the day traversing Pennsylvania – a state his campaign sees as key to its political survival.
"In three days, this will be the state that will save the American dream," Trump told a smaller crowd in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. "On November 3rd we will win Pennsylvania and we will win four more years in this very beautiful White House."
According to the US Elections Project, a database compiled by Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida, over 90 million ballots have already been cast in Saturday's elections. That's 65 percent of the 2016 vote, suggesting that voter turnout in 2020 will surpass that of four years ago. Early polls have shattered records as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the country.
Mr Trump repeatedly criticized a Supreme Court decision on Friday that allowed Pennsylvania to accept postal ballot papers for another three days after Tuesday, warning that "very bad things" would happen.
"We will wait. November 3rd will come and go and we won't know and you will have chaos in our country, "Trump said in Newtown, Bucks County.
During a subsequent stop in Reading, Pennsylvania, Trump warned the Democratic governor of the state: "Don't cheat the ballot papers."
"The only way to lose this state [is if] someone is going to play games."
At both rallies, Mr. Trump predicted that he would win the election in a "red wave". However, polls show he lags Mr. Biden nationally and in key swing states, including Pennsylvania. The president should make four campaign stops in the state, while Mr Biden will spend the day there on Sunday and Monday.
According to a Financial Times analysis of RealClearPolitics poll data, Mr Trump is more than 5 points behind Mr Biden in Pennsylvania after winning the state by just over 44,000 votes four years ago. Nationwide, Mr. Biden leads with 51.8 to 43.1 percent.
In a joint appearance by Mr Biden and Mr Obama in Flint, Michigan, the former president picked up on Mr Trump's comment on Friday that doctors were paid extra for declaring someone had died of Covid-19.
"He cannot imagine that someone would risk their life to save others without trying to make money," Obama said.
Mr Biden said Mr Trump "waved the white flag of surrender to this virus".
The Democrats have focused the final days of their campaign on what they believe is Mr Trump's disastrous response to Covid as the number of cases rises across the country, particularly in the Midwest.
The number of new infections rose by 97,000 on Friday, the biggest one-day jump since the pandemic began. The Midwestern states led the way.
The sharp surge, beating Thursday's record of 88,400, resulted in a total weekly total of 548,000 infections in the US, a record for seven days since the disease spread across the country in March, according to data from Covid Tracking Project. On average, the country has added more than 78,300 cases a day over the past week.
Mr Biden has criticized the President for running mass campaigns, many of them without social distancing or the widespread use of masks, despite medical advice. His campaign on Saturday spread the results of a Stanford University study that estimated that just 18 of Mr Trump's numerous rallies between June and September resulted in 30,000 additional Covid-19 cases and 700 deaths.
Mr Trump said on Saturday that all Mr Biden talked about was "Covid, Covid, Covid".
Speaking at his rally in Bucks County, the president said his government had not marketed its pandemic efforts well and warned that Mr Biden would shut down the country and economy if elected.
"That is his only plan to make you a prisoner in your own home, a prisoner in your own country, and under the Biden Inoculation, recovery will be completely killed." The economy will collapse. . . There will be no graduations, there will be no weddings, no Thanksgiving, no Christmas, no Easter, no Fourth July's. There will be nothing, "said Trump.