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The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020



The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020

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18 2020 US ELECTION WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Democrat Joe Biden is leading nationally but it is tight in the battleground states that will decide if Donald Trump gets another term. Both parties yesterday doubled down on their commitment to challenge a verdict. Trump again said the winner needs to be decided on election night a physical impossibility given almost 100 million Americans voted early and some pivotal states warn it will take at least until the end of the week to count all their ballots. His repeated warnings that Democrats were rigging and cheating spurred fist pumping yells yesterday from the crowd who gathered to see him in below-freezing weather in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Bidens campaign manager, Jennifer OMalley Dillon, said yesterday under no scenario will Donald Trump be declared victor on election night. This came months after Hillary Clinton warned Democrats they shouldnt under any terms accept a quick Trump victory. Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances because I think this is going to drag out, she said in August. Both parties have already sent out armies of lawyers across the country in readiness for legal challenges. In the absence of clear leadership and open encouragement of dissent, its hard to picture a good outcome unless one of the candidates assumes an unassailable lead. Lets hope the predictions about a close race and impasse while votes are counted prove to be as false as the polls that said Clinton was going to win 2016. Frankly, Ive been a news reporter for more than 25 years and am feeling as unnerved as any other work situation has ever made me. The reality is that I have never hoped more that I turn out to be wrong, but everything points to trouble coming. ITS no exaggeration to say a lot of Americans are scared today. Climb-proof fencing once again surrounds the White House and Californian authorities are closing Rodeo Drive. Cops across the country are on tactical alert and working 12-hour shifts through their leave. In Washington, DC, most of wealthy Georgetown is boarded up, as are many US cities; and college students were warned to stock up on food and medicine in case of riots. Gun sales have skyrocketed, apartment co-ops are hiring their own security and many people have taken the rest of the week off work so they can hunker down at home. Unfortunately, what this country needs most out of todays election is the scenario considered most unlikely: a clear, indisputable winner of the presidential election. PREPARING FOR TROUBLE ANALYSIS SARAH BLAKE Earlier, at an outdoor event in Pittsburgh, Mr Biden warned the future of the country was at stake. I have a feeling were coming together for a big win tomorrow, he said. We are really at one of those inflection points. This is going to be more than just who governs the next four years. What happens now, what happens tomorrow, is going to determine what this country looks like for a couple of generations. Mr Biden told the crowd that the power to change this country is in your hands. He also spoke about the disproportionate effect COVID-19 has had on the African-American community. Were done with the chaos, were done with the racism, were done with the tweets, the anger, the hate, the failure, the irresponsibility, he said. Thousands of Trump supporters braved below zero conditions and snow flurries for a last chance to see the president in Pennsylvania. Mr Trump, 74, chose Scran ton, the birthplace of his opponent, to launch his final pitch to Pennsylvanians. Mr Biden, 77, lived in the scrappy city until he was nine years old and has often characterised the race as a choice between his hometown and Mr Trumps on Park Avenue. He left Scranton, Mr Trump said to cheers. This guy is a stone cold phony. He also zeroed in on Mr Bidens plans to transition away from fossil fuels. The US has become energy self-sufficient under the Trump administration, in part due to opening up states including Pennsylvania to fracking. His campaign earlier released a statement slamming the appearance of Gaga, a fracking activist. Now hes got Lady Gaga, he said. Lady Gaga is not too good. I could tell you plenty of stories. I could tell you stories about Lady Gaga. I know a lot of stories about Lady Gaga. Among those who crowded WITH a blood red sunset behind him and a sea of supporters braving the freezing cold to hear his words, Donald Trump made his last argument for why he should be elected in one of five final campaign rallies yesterday. Declaring that his Democrat opponent was a corrupt Washington insider who was now a puppet of the socialist wing of his party, Mr Trump said Joe Biden wanted to shut the country down in fear of COVID. Joe Biden is bought and paid for by big tech big media and powerful special interests, Mr Trump said in Michigan. He will always do whatever they want. I definitely dont do what they want. Mr Biden took a stage with celebrity backers at a drive-in rally in Pennsylvania, the battleground state that swept Mr Trump to power in 2016 and is again poised to decide the election. But in an odd move, his star booster was pop sensation Lady Gaga, an outspoken critic of the mining industry that drove a pre-COVID boom in Pennsylvania. Gaga made a pointed plea to women to vote Mr Trump out. To all the women and to all the men with daughters, and sisters and mothers, she said. Now is your chance to vote against Donald Trump, a man who believes his fame gives him the right to grab one of your daughters or sisters or mothers or wives by any part of their bodies. Vote for Joe. Hes a good person. Rivals make final pleas as D-Day arrives in US onto a tarmac at Scranton airport were Suzanne Gillis, who brought along her granddaughters Gigi, 10, and Lucy, 8, and her sister, Anne Marie Vancosky. I dont see how Joe Biden can win this; everyone in Pennsylvania is being Trump because he has done so much for us, said Mrs Gillis, from Wilkes-Barre. I was a Democrat until 2016 but I voted for Trump because our economy was in a lot of trouble. We have noticed things are better all over, my husbands paycheck, everything. Farmer Steve Rogers, who owns a 140ha cattle farm in Susquehanna County, is a registered Democrat but voted for Trump in 2016 and plans to do so again. Im voting for him again because I think everything was great in this country until the coronavirus came along, and that was not the presidents fault, he said. Almost 100 million Americans cast early votes ahead of election day due to coronavirus concerns, more than two thirds of the total in 2016, and a record turnout is predicted. US elections are regulated at state level with many differing systems for overseeing ballots. Scrutineers cant even begin counting in Pennsylvania until polls open, while Florida, Arizona and North Carolina are expected to make a call on election day. If Mr Trump loses these states, which he won in 2016, pundits say he will struggle to regain the White House. Mr Biden focused his efforts on Pennsylvania while Mr Trump held rallies in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and two in Michigan. Trump supporters await his arrival at Wilkes-Barre Scranton airport in Pennsylvania. Picture: Mark Kauzlarich SARAH BLAKE AND TIFFANY BAKKER IN WASHINGTON, DC, AND DELAWARE