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US President Donald Trump, who is looking to secure a second term in November’s election, held his first major campaign event since COVID-19 shut down much of the country in Tulsa on Saturday. But images from the rally, which was moved back a day from its original June 19 date, show swathes of empty spaces at the BOK Centre, which seats 19,000 people. One expert has explained swing votes such as Pennsylvania may turn against Mr Trump.
Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Joseph Morris from Mercyhurst University said: “What we found in Erie Country is that voters are very positive when it comes to their evaluation of Donald Trump’s handling of the economy.
“But they are not at all approving of the job he has been doing as President.
“I think this is something that is really unusual.
“Normally these two things track together but in this case they are not.”
Erie County Republican, Judith Nelson, added: “People don’t know what to do.
“They don’t like Trump. I hate his attitude, I hate the way he treats people.
“I hate the namecalling. There is no need for that.
“It just makes him look ignorant and I think ignorance isn’t what we need in this country.
“I think it all depends upon who Biden selects as his Vice President as to the outcome of this election.”
She later said if Mr Biden was younger, she would vote for him.
Mr Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $74million (£54million) in May, Trump’s re-election campaign said on Saturday, short of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s haul for the month.
Former Vice President Biden has stepped up fundraising in recent months since becoming the Democratic Party’s defacto nominee for the November 3 presidential election.
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He has also built a lead over Trump in national opinion polls amid the twin crises of the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest over police brutality in many US cities.
In May, Biden and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised $80.8 million (£65.4million), their largest single month of fundraising.
Trump, however, continued to have a cash advantage over Biden, according to disclosures filed separately by the two campaigns on Saturday.
The president has been campaigning for re-election since 2017 and his campaign had $108.1 million (£87million) in cash on hand at the end of May. Biden, who launched his campaign in April, had $82.4 million (£66.7million).
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