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Biden marks Iowa rise from caucus collapse to fall contender

President Donald Trump dangled a promise to get a weary, fearful nation “back to normal” on Friday as he looked to campaign past the political damage of the devastating pandemic. It was a tantalizingly rosy pitch in sharp contrast to Democratic rival Joe Biden, who pledged to level with America about tough days still ahead after Tuesday’s election.

Russian election threat potent, but interference so far slim

Russian interference has been minimal so far in the most tempestuous U.S. presidential election in decades. But that doesn’t mean the Kremlin can’t inflict serious damage. The vulnerability of state and local government networks is a big worry.

Trump fights headwinds as he and Biden battle over Florida

President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are chasing votes Thursday in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican's pathway to another term, as both nominees turn their focus to encouraging voters to turn out in person on Election Day.

Biden vows not to make ‘false promises’ about pandemic

Joe Biden said Wednesday he's “not running on the false promises of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch” but would prioritize science, while President Donald Trump used the race's final days to keep up a whirlwind campaign schedule aimed at focusing on anything but the cornavirus.

Trump, Biden hit battleground Pennsylvania amid pandemic

President Donald Trump embarked Monday on a final-week charge through nearly a dozen states ahead of the election, overlooking a surge of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and a fresh outbreak in his own White House. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, is holding far fewer events in an effort to demonstrate that he’s taking the worsening pandemic seriously.

Obama-to-Trump, Romney-to-Clinton: How will Spokane County shift in 2020?

The polarization, well documented in national political polls, has led election observers to wonder whether there are any undecided voters left in a presidential contest that has occurred as traditional outlets of voter outreach have been curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Analysis: Debate is brief interlude of normalcy in 2020 race

WASHINGTON — The second and final presidential debate, it turns out, was actually a debate — a brief interlude of normalcy in an otherwise highly abnormal year, and a reprieve for voters turned off by the candidates’ noxious first faceoff.

LIVE VIDEO: Presidential debate in Nashville

On Thursday, Oct. 22, President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are meeting onstage at Belmont University in Nashville. The Washington Post's Libby Casey will host and Post reporters Lenny Bronner, Rhonda Colvin, James Hohmann, Hannah Jewell, Michael Scherer and Whitney Shefte will provide analysis. Joyce Koh will also provide dispatches from the debate site in Nashville.

Who did better in the final presidential debate? Most say both Biden and Trump improved

President Donald Trump was more focused. Former Vice President Joe Biden was a bit folksy. Their second debate, with stricter rules that prevented them from interrupting each other when key questions were asked, may have had more substance than the first debate, a panel of observers who graded the candidates for The Spokesman-Review said after the 90-minute session ended. But with so many votes already cast, and so few voters left to persuade, it might not make a difference. Here’s how our panelists, who watched the debate individually from their homes, graded the debaters and viewed some of their best and worst moments.

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are set to square off in their final debate Thursday, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign.

In Tennessee, final debate puts surging virus in spotlight

 When President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden arrive in Nashville Thursday for their final debate before the Nov. 3 election, they’ll be greeted by a city with rising coronavirus case counts inside a state immersed in a debate of its own about mask-wearing.

Trump ups pressure on Barr to probe Bidens as election nears

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Attorney General William Barr to immediately launch an investigation into unverified claims about Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter, effectively demanding that the Justice Department muddy his political opponent and abandon its historic resistance to getting involved in elections.