2020 Election Live Updates: Trump and Biden head to the Midwest

  7:35 AM

Georgia senator pulls out of final debate

Republican Senator David Perdue of Georgia pulled out of the final debate in his reelection race and instead appeared at a rally with President Trump on Sunday. Perdue’s decision came the day after a contentious debate in which his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, called Perdue a “crook.”

“At last night’s debate, millions saw that Perdue had no answers when I called him out on his record of blatant corruption, widespread disease, and economic devastation. Shame on you, Senator,” Perdue wrote on Twitter on Thursday evening in response to Perdue’s cancellation.

“You did say that COVID-19 is no deadlier than the flu. You did say there would be no significant uptick in cases. All the while, you were looking after your own assets and your own portfolio,” Ossoff had said in the debate. 

Ossoff also slammed Perdue for introducing health care legislation containing loopholes that “specifically allow insurance companies to deny policies to Georgians with preexisting conditions.”

In a statement, Perdue’s campaign said that the senator did not want to attend a debate “listening to Jon Ossoff lie to the people of Georgia.”

“For 8 of the last 14 days of this campaign, Senator Perdue went back to Washington to work for much needed COVID relief for Georgians which Jon Ossoff’s top donor Chuck Schumer derailed,” Perdue’s campaign said. “To make up for the lost time, Senator Perdue has over 20 campaign stops planned for the closing days of this race, and he is excited to welcome and join President Trump in Georgia before November 3rd to campaign for both of their re-election efforts.”

  7:27 AM

Biden campaigns in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin

Joe Biden will have his busiest day on the trail during the general election, holding drive-in events in Des Moines, Iowa, and St. Cloud, Minnesota, before traveling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for an event.

He is leading in Minnesota and Wisconsin, which President Trump won in 2016. Iowa, which Mr. Trump won by 10 points in 2016, is considered a toss-up by the CBS News Battleground Tracker.

Running mate Kamala Harris will be campaigning in Texas, which polls indicate is unexpectedly close this year. Harris will participate in voter mobilization events in Fort Worth, McAllen and Houston.

  7:26 AM

Trump rallies in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota

President Trump will be holding rallies Friday in Waterford Township, Michigan, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Rochester, Minnesota. He won Michigan and Wisconsin in 2016, but Minnesota has not gone for a Republican presidential candidate since 1972.

Polls have Mr. Trump trailing in all three states. According to CBS News’ Battleground Tracker, Joe Biden is up 7 points in Michigan and Minnesota and up 6 points in Wisconsin. 

Vice President Mike Pence is campaigning Friday in Tucson and Flagstaff, Arizona. 

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