Presidential election: heading for republican strongholds in peril

Only a week before the election: the race for the White House entered its final phase on Tuesday, Joe Biden and Donald Trump each campaigning in states normally considered acquired for Republicans, a sign of the immense challenge raised before President.

From Washington to Las Vegas, via Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska: as usual it's Donald Trump who has planned the busiest day of meetings.

His Democratic rival is moving only to the state of Georgia, in the conservative South where until recently no one would have considered that Mr. Trump could be beaten.

But the former real estate mogul, if one relies on the polls which give him the lag, could have nasty surprises on November 3 in some Republican strongholds. Among them is Nebraska, which has voted Democrat only once in half a century.

- Reinvigorated Trump? -

Yet it is a revitalized Trump who sets course for the Midwest, a region that had succeeded so much in 2016: the president obtained on Monday the final confirmation of the conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett at the Supreme Court of the United States, one month only after having named her there.

At the end of a step-by-step procedure, taking advantage of a Republican majority in the Senate threatened with shattering on November 3, the president has succeeded in his bet and cemented to the right, possibly for decades, the institution that decides major social issues in the United States. Mr. Trump brought three judges to the high court in less than four years.

What to satisfy his electorate and look away for a while from his criticized management of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hastily summoning an oath-taking ceremony for Ms. Barrett, Donald Trump appeared radiant at his side on Monday evening at the balcony of the White House, evoking a "historic day".

Judge Barrett, who was again sworn in on Tuesday before the President of the Supreme Court, will be able to start sitting on the highest court in the country.

The latter has the last word in the event of an electoral dispute, a possibility that raises concerns as the president wants to accredit the unfounded thesis of a poll already marred by large-scale fraud, because of the importance taken by the vote by correspondence.

- Philadelphia under tension -

The last week of the campaign, one of all dangers, could see a powerful issue in American society: that of police brutality and racism against the black population, who agitated the country after the death of George Floyd in late May in Minneapolis.

The city of Philadelphia was indeed the scene on the night of Monday to Tuesday of an outbreak of violence, after a 27-year-old African-American suffering from psychological problems was shot dead by police.

Police in Pennsylvania's largest city said the victim was holding a knife. In a statement to AFP, the security forces said they had 30 officers injured in the clashes that followed the homicide.

Recent similar facts, denounced by the Black Lives Matter movement ("Black lives matter"), have elicited extremely contrasting responses from MM. Biden and Trump, the former promising measures to stem the injustices suffered by racial minorities, the latter condemning chaos he said orchestrated by the Democrats.

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