Former President Barack Obama will stump for Joe Biden in Philadelphia on Wednesday, marking his first in-person campaign event this year, as President Donald Trump is set to appear at his latest swing-state rally.
Obama will speak at 5:45 p.m. Eastern at a drive-in rally, where socially distanced supporters listen inside their cars over the radio. The Biden campaign said the former president will specifically address Black voters and speak about the importance of early voting. Biden himself is preparing for Thursday’s debate with Trump.
Obama’s visit to Pennsylvania comes a day after Trump held a rally in the same state, and speaks to the Keystone State’s status as a tight battleground with less than two weeks until the election. Biden leads Trump by just under four points in Pennsylvania, according to RealClearPolitics’ poll average.
|Polling avg. in top swing states||Biden +4 as of Wednesday vs. Biden +4.9 a week ago|
|National polling avg.||Biden +8.5 as of Wednesday vs. Biden +9.2 a week ago|
|Betting markets||Biden 61.9%, Trump 38.4% as of Wednesday vs. Biden 65.9%, Trump 34.5% a week ago|
|S&P 500||+0.1% Wednesday, +6.4% in 1 month|
|CBOE Volatility Index||+0.9% Wednesday, +3.6% in 1 month|
Sources: RealClearPolitics, FactSet
The race is even tighter in North Carolina, where Trump will rally supporters in Gastonia, just west of Charlotte, at 7 p.m. Eastern. Biden has a 2.3-point advantage over Trump in North Carolina, down nearly a percentage point from a week ago.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were set to continue talks Wednesday on another fiscal stimulus package. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly cautioning the White House against moving forward.