The Governor of Pennsylvania – which is set to become the key state in the 2020 presidential election – said local officials will not be intimidated after President Donald Trump said all eyes would be on the state on Tuesday.
Both Trump and challenger Joe Biden have made their final push in Pennsylvania, hoping to do enough to secure the 20 votes. Both candidates’ path to the White House is likely to take them across Keystone State.
Biden currently has a 5 point lead in his home state, but pollsters have warned that this is a narrow lead, considering the margins of error and possible inaccuracies. Trump won the state in 2016 with less than one point lead over Hillary Clinton.
On Monday, during a campaign rally in the Pennsylvanian town of Scranton, where Biden lived until he was 10 years old, the president seemed to threaten Democratic governor Tom Wolf, as the crowd chanted, “Tom Wolf sucks.
“Make sure your governor doesn’t cheat, because they’re known for very bad things here,” Trump said, without going into detail. “But we have a lot of eyes watching, a lot of very strong eyes here. They don’t want this to happen.”
“Open your state and please don’t cheat, Governor, please don’t cheat,” the president said to the cheers of the crowd. “We are all watching you.”
“We have a lot of eyes on the governor and his friends,” Trump added. “A few other governors are out there, too.”
Wolf replied to Twitter: “The Pennsylvanians are not intimidated. They can watch us count every vote and have a fair election”.
Both campaigns reportedly see Pennsylvania as the most likely “tipping point state” for the election – that is, the state that will take the winner over the required threshold of 270 votes in the electoral college.
The website FiveThirtyEight Poll Tracking, which popularized the concept of the “Tipping Point State,” said Pennsylvania was the most likely “Tipping Point” in about 37 percent of election forecasts.
Although Biden is still ahead in state polls – and in national and other swing state polls – Biden told his supporters at Monday’s rally that he was confident he would carry Pennsylvania. “They keep saying it’s close, but I don’t think it’s going to be close,” he said of the race.
Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris were also in Pennsylvania on Monday as the two campaigns took their final push. Biden spoke at an event in Beaver County, while Harris spoke at a rally in Philadelphia.
Biden told supporters that the election was a “battle for America’s soul” and that his victory would be the first step in stopping the coronavirus pandemic and addressing the country’s polarization.
“If you elect me as your president, I will heal this country and we will act,” Biden said. “We will act to bring COVID under control from day one.”