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Biden vows more clarity on expanding the Supreme Court is coming soon

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared at separate town halls on Oct. 15, the night that was supposed to be their second debate. (Video: The Washington Post)
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The campaign was playing out Friday across several states that President Trump won four years ago but that appear competitive in the closing stretch of the race. Trump had events in Florida, where he was making an appeal to seniors, and in Georgia, while Vice President Pence visited North Carolina.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden said in a television interview that he plans to make his views on expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court known publicly “in the next several days," and his comments will be pegged to a vote in the Senate on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. His running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), is staying off the campaign trail as a precaution after two people in her orbit tested positive this week for the coronavirus.

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Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer on Friday dashed prospects for a coronavirus vaccine being approved before the election. President Trump has for months suggested a vaccine could be imminent.
Biden leads Trump by 11 percentage points nationally, 53 percent to 42 percent, according to an average of national polls since Oct. 1. Biden’s margin is smaller in key states: eight points in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, seven in Michigan and six in Arizona and Florida.

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