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U.S. election roundup Oct. 30: Joe Biden visiting Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota; Donald Trump forced to cap Rochester, Minnesota rally to 250 people

Where the candidates are Friday:

Joe Biden is insisting he doesn’t “take anything for granted” as he launches into his busiest day of the general election campaign yet, with stops in three Upper Midwest states planned for Friday.

The Democratic presidential candidate will appear at drive-in rallies in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. While Iowa and Wisconsin are swing states that President Donald Trump won in 2016, Minnesota is one where Hillary Clinton was victorious.

Biden last visited Minnesota in September. But Republicans are making a play for the state, and Trump will campaign there Friday as well.

President Donald Trump will hold a rally at an airport in Rochester, Minnesota. He will have to cap the audience to 250 people at the insistence of state and local officials due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The campaign said: “Thanks to the free speech-stifling dictates of Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison, only the first 250 people will be admitted.”

In recent months Trump and his campaign have taken to calling their rallies “peaceful protests” as they flout local restrictions on gathering sizes due to the virus.

The Minnesota Department of Health has linked 28 coronavirus cases to other recent Trump campaign events in the state.

Analysis from the Star:

U.S. Election Day will bring a storm of misinformation. The all-out fight to counter it is underway

As the wild U.S. presidential election campaign winds down, the dirty tricks and disinformation machine is only ratcheting up. In recent weeks, social media posts falsely suggested thousands of mail-in ballots had been found in a Dumpster in California. Another post widely circulated on Facebook claimed a ballot could be invalidated if a poll worker wrote on it — also wrong. And it’s expected to get worse.

Garnet Fraser: An angry crowd, vanished guests and ‘horrible things’: Stephen Colbert tries again after memorably rocky 2016 election special

In Stephen Colbert’s quarter-century on television, this might be the ballsiest choice he has ever made. He’s revisiting one of the bigger fiascos of his career by going live on Showtime (and Crave here in Canada) on U.S. election night on Tuesday.

Rosie DiManno: Once-beloved Maine Sen. Susan Collins lost her touch. Now she may lose her seat

Susan Collins is the Hamlet-te of Maine. Now, will-she or won’t-she secure a fifth term, already the longest serving Republican senator from a traditionally blue state — each time winning by double-digit margins — and hold off intense competition from challenger Sara Gideon, Maine’s Democratic House Speaker.

Edward Keenan:Waiting for Ivanka Trump in North Carolina, the toss-up state that could decide the election

Ivanka’s been making news lately. Out stumping for dad —Tuesday in Florida, Wednesday morning here in North Carolina, Wednesday afternoon in Pennsylvania. Tuesday, a crowd at Donald Trump’s rally in Michigan chanted that they wanted her to run for president. The president told the crowd she’d be happier to stay home and take care of her kids while her husband Jared Kushner negotiated peace deals.

In the news today:

  • Texans have already cast more ballots in the presidential election than they did during all of 2016, an unprecedented surge of early voting in a state that was once the country’s most reliably Republican, but may now be drifting toward battleground status.

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  • Stocks are tumbling again Friday as Wall Street closes out a punishing week and its first back-to-back monthly loss since worries about the pandemic were first peaking in March.


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