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Trump in final push to erase Biden lead

Washington:  You have to give it to President Trump. Ever since he recovered from Covid, he has been barnstorming the country, holding rallies, often more than one in a day, particularly in swing states, to close the gap that polls show favoring challenger Joe Biden. In contrast, Biden has been having fewer, small meetings in view of safety concerns amid Covid.

Polls aside, even Democrats are keeping their fingers crossed remembering 2016. CNN reports that Dems still lead over Republicans in pre-Election Day ballots cast in the battleground states of North Carolina and Florida, but that gap is narrowing as in-person early voting ramps up. Republicans tout their voter registration drive that outnumbered Democrats’ effort in the battleground states will turn out to their advantage on election night.

Biden’s national lead is also shrinking – The RealClearPolitics general election polling average showed Biden with a 7.5-point lead over Trump on Thursday. Seven days ago, the Democrat held a 9.2-point edge.

New York Post reports that its exclusive report on Hunter Biden’s emails revealing deals with foreign countries has tightened the polls somewhat. Besides his allies, Trump was likely to harp on the issue at  the Presidential Debate on Thursday. Joe Biden has called it a smear campaign and denied that his son Hunter profited because of his ties to the former vice president.

“The vast majority of the intelligence people have come out and said there’s no basis to it at all,” Biden asserted.

Meanwhile in an alarming development, national security officials said Wednesday that Iran and Russia have both obtained information about American voter registrations and are trying to influence the public about the presidential election,

“Iran and Russia have taken specific actions to influence public opinion related to our elections,” said Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe at a press conference.

“First we have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran and separately by Russia,” Ratcliffe said.

Specifically, Ratcliffe said, Iran has been sending “spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President Trump”.

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