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President Trump held his last 2020 campaign rally well after midnight on Election Day in Michigan after a marathon day of campaigning in swing states on Monday. Joe Biden had wrapped a few hours earlier after barnstorming Pennsylvania, the critically important state to both parties.
Trump jokes about not paying staffer trying to fix mic
President Trump held his second-to-last rally of the 2020 campaign in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where there was a microphone problem. That led to Mr. Trump venting about “the worst microphone I’ve ever used in my entire life.”
“And we’re supposed to pay these people, right?” Mr. Trump quipped of the audio staff after his podium microphone let out a screech. At one point, the president walked to the end of the stage, grabbed another handheld mic, then promptly polled the audience about which microphone sounded better. The consensus was unclear, but eventually the handheld microphone won out.
“I’m always saying, I want a perfect mic,” Mr. Trump noted. After a staffer came on stage to try and fix the president’s microphone, the president said, “I don’t like to pay bills when people do a bad job.” He eventually relented. “They come from Kenosha so I’m going to pay the bill anyway. What the hell.”
Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Wisconsin The Night Before Election Day
President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Kenosha Regional Airport on November 02, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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Kenosha is the site of civil unrest this summer after police shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, seven times. A White teen is accused of opening fire at protests over Blake’s shooting, killing two people and wounding a third.
At Monday’s rally, Mr. Trump mentioned the unrest this summer by noting he had been there over the summer. “You were in the news, right? You were in the news,” he said. He also lamented seeing businesses board up in anticipation of violence after Election Day.
Biden swept all five votes in the tiny New Hampshire town of Dixville Notch, which votes at the stroke of midnight on Election Day and is the first to report its results. Mr. Trump won in nearby Millsfield, which also casts its ballots at midnight, with the president taking 16 votes to Biden’s 5.
In Texas, where early voter turnout surpassed the total voter turnout in 2016, a federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit filed by four Republicans seeking to prevent officials from counting nearly 127,000 votes cast at drive-thru polling locations in the Houston area. Hours after the judge’s order was filed Monday, Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins announced that nine of the county’s 10 drive-thru polling locations would be closed Tuesday. Hollins claimed the closures were enacted to protect ballots from being thrown out.
As of Monday, 97 million Americans nationwide have already voted, suggesting there will be record turnout at the polls this year. CBS News has compiled a full list of what time the polls close in each state here.
President Trump wrapped his final 2020 campaign rally at 1:13 a.m. on Election Day in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Trump hit his usual campaign points, and when he asked the crowd who had already voted, he said “good, save it for Tuesday.”
The rapper Lil’ Pump, whom Mr. Trump called “one of the big superstars of the world,” was invited onstage, although Mr. Trump mistakenly referred to him as “Little Pimp.”
“I’ve come here to say, Mr. President, I appreciate everything you have done for our country,” Lil’ Pump said. “You brought the troops home, you’re doing the right thing. MAGA 20 20 20, don’t forget that!”
Mr. Trump also recounted his victory in 2016, saying that on election night, “we came home late and we watched a beautiful victory. And we’re going to have another beautiful victory tomorrow.”
Harris County clerk says only 1 drive-thru location will be open Tuesday
Hours after a federal judge dismissed a bid by Republicans to throw out ballots from drive-thru polling locations in Harris County, Clerk Chris Hollins announced that nine of the county’s 10 drive-thru polling locations would be closed Tuesday, the final day of voting for this year’s election.
Hollins wrote in a series of tweets that Hanen’s order left the door open for challenges to votes cast Tuesday at all but one drive-thru location. Hanen wrote Tuesday that Texas election law allows for “movable structures” as early voting locations — which he said the tents used to how drive-thru ballot boxes qualify as — but not for election day locations.
“In order to allow for drive-thru voting on Election Day while ensuring that all votes will be counted, the only drive-thru voting center on Election Day will be at Toyota Center,” Hollins tweeted Tuesday night, referring to the arena home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
“I know that drive-thru voting is a safe and convenient option for Harris County voters, but we also have 800 walk-in voting centers available for Election Day that we have worked tirelessly to make safe for voters and election workers,” Hollins said.
Harris County’s drive-thru sites are all located near to in-person voting locations.