President Trump is planning to hold a re-election rally in Lansing, Mich., this afternoon, as the state grapples with record high numbers of new coronavirus infections and the continuing fallout of a struggling economy.
The state, which Mr. Trump won narrowly in 2016, is key to his re-election hopes, but he has been steadily behind in there in opinion polls. An average of recent Michigan polls put Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s lead at nine percentage points, according to the Upshot’s calculator. Here is how the state is faring on two of the biggest issues of the day, the virus and the economy.
In recent days Michigan has begun averaging more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases a day for the first time since the pandemic struck, and the number of hospitalizations there has been steadily climbing, according to a New York Times database. Over the past seven days the state has added 15,569 new cases, the eighth highest tally in the nation, and 187 more people have died, the ninth highest tally.
The growing number of hospitalizations is concerning state officials. On Oct. 1 there were 678 patients hospitalized in Michigan, a figure that has nearly doubled since: by Oct. 26 there were 1,332, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project. .
The unemployment rate in Michigan stood at 8.5 percent in September, which is above the national average of 7.9 percent, according to data compiled by Moody’s Analytics. And to answer the classic re-election campaign question — are you better off now than you were four years ago? — rate is higher than it was four years ago, when it stood at 5.1 percent.
There are seven days until Election Day. Here are the rest of the daily schedules of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates for Tuesday, Oct. 27. All times are Eastern time.
2 p.m.: Holds a rally in Lansing, Mich.
5 p.m.: Holds a rally in West Salem, Wis.
8:30 p.m.: Holds a rally in Omaha.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Afternoon: Speaks in Warm Springs, Ga.
Evening: Holds a drive-in rally in Atlanta.
Vice President Pence
12:30 p.m.: Holds a rally in Greensboro, N.C.
3:30 p.m.: Holds a rally in Greenville, S.C.
6:30 p.m. Holds a rally in Wilmington, N.C.
Senator Kamala Harris
Afternoon: Speaks at a voter mobilization event in Reno, Nev.
Evening: Speaks at a voter mobilization event in Las Vegas.
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