The latest on the 2020 election

By Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 10:35 p.m. ET, October 18, 2020
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10:35 p.m. ET, October 18, 2020

Trump's pitch to suburban women: "Go buy a dishwasher" 

From CNN's Aaron Pellish

President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada, on October 18.
President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada, on October 18. Stephen Lam/Getty Images

President Donald Trump made another appeal directly to suburban women voters during his Carson City, Nevada, rally Sunday evening, openly campaigning toward a crucial voting demographic where he has lost ground in the polls. 

In the middle of a non-sequitur on water regulations, Trump began to discuss how the regulations affected dishwashers, and in turn, how they affected suburban women. 

"Go buy a dishwasher,” Trump said. “I said what's wrong with this thing? It doesn't clean the dishes right. The women come up to me, the women who they say don't like me -- they actually do like me a lot.” 

"Suburban women, please vote for me,” Trump continued. “I'm saving your house. I'm saving your community. I'm keeping your crime way down."

The appeal is the latest in a series of explicit and reductive pitches urging suburban women to support his reelection, revealing a misunderstanding of the makeup of suburban women as predominantly White housewives. 

On Saturday, Trump asked rhetorically of supporters in Muskegon, Michigan, “Would you like a nice low-income housing project next to your suburban beautiful ranch style house? Generally speaking, no.” 

“I saved your suburbs, women,” Trump continued. “Suburban women, you’re supposed to love Trump.”

9:01 p.m. ET, October 18, 2020

Trump, speaking in Nevada amid a Covid spike, denounces lockdowns

From CNN's DJ Judd

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Carson City Airport in Carson City, Nevada on October 18.
President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Carson City Airport in Carson City, Nevada on October 18. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump criticized former Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks that he’d approve a lockdown if it was recommended by scientists, telling supporters at a rally in Carson City, Nevada, “He’ll listen to the scientists—if I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now (...) would have a country that would be in a massive depression.”

Trump did not mention the recent nationwide spikes in coronavirus cases. Nevada, for example, on Saturday reported the biggest one-day jump since mid-August. State officials also said the positivity rate has been increasing since mid-September.

The White House has maintained, despite evidence to the contrary, that the Trump administration has listened to scientists.

However, Trump has frequently, and publicly, ignored scientific guidance on a number of topics, including social distancing and mask use, culminating in his own Covid-19 diagnosis.

7:36 p.m. ET, October 18, 2020

Fauci says he plans to try to vote in person – but not everyone should

From CNN Health's Jacqueline Howard

Dr. Anthony Fauci appears in "60 minutes" on Sunday, October 18.
Dr. Anthony Fauci appears in "60 minutes" on Sunday, October 18. CBS

Dr. Anthony Fauci is going to try to vote in person this election, he told CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook during an interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday night.

"I'm going to try to vote in person. I like the atmosphere of going and voting," said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

But for others, Fauci added, "If someone asked me, 'I’m 75 years old, I have hypertension and I’m a little bit concerned,' alleviate your anxiety, do an absentee ballot."

4:49 p.m. ET, October 18, 2020

Harris tests negative for Covid-19 again

From CNN's Jasmine Wright

Senator Kamala Harris arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to participate in a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C. on October 13
Senator Kamala Harris arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to participate in a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C. on October 13 Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris underwent PCR testing for Covid-19 on Sunday and Covid-19 was not detected, according to a Harris aide.

This comes after the campaign halted the California senator's travel through the weekend after a non-staff flight crew member and Harris' own communications director, Liz Allen, tested positive for coronavirus.

Harris is expected to resume travel Monday to Florida.

3:47 p.m. ET, October 18, 2020

Michigan officials push back after Trump tells supporters they're "like, in charge of the ballot stuff"

From CNN's Nicky Robertson

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are hitting back after President Trump told supporters Saturday night to “be careful” because the governor and attorney general are “like, in charge of the ballot stuff.”

Trump, at his campaign rally in Muskegon, Michigan Saturday night said, “Be careful of her and her attorney general because you know they're like, in charge of the ballot stuff, right? So how the hell do I put my political and our country's political life in the hands of a pure partisan like that? Right? So you've got to watch it. Watch those ballots. Watch what's going on. You're more important and law enforcement is watching. Okay, they're watching.” 

Nessel then tweeted, “1) In nearly every state of the union, including Michigan, the Secretary of State is “like in charge of the ballot stuff.” 2) I AM law enforcement. And you can bet our election will be safe and the vote will be protected.”

Benson today tweeted, “Hi, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson here. I’m like, in charge of the ballot stuff. Along with 1600 clerks. We work to ensure that every voter can trust that their vote will count. Judging from the fact that 1.5mil+ have already voted, I’d say we’re doing a good job.”

Read the tweets:

3:12 p.m. ET, October 18, 2020

Georgia continues to see record early voting

From CNN’s Jason Morris, Natasha Chen, and Lindsay Benson in Atlanta

People wait in line on the first day of early voting for the general election at the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in Atlanta, Georgia on October 12.
People wait in line on the first day of early voting for the general election at the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in Atlanta, Georgia on October 12. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Early in-person voting in Georgia continues to set new records, as Georgians cast ballots during their first weekend of early voting across the state. 

As of noon Sunday, there were a total of 1,451,131 ballots cast. 

That’s up 152% from 2016 when 578,147 ballots were cast during the same period.

Here's the latest data from the Georgia Secretary of State on early voting.

2:52 p.m. ET, October 18, 2020

President Trump arrives in California

From CNN's Aaron Pellish 

Crowds gather ahead of President Donald Trump's rally.
Crowds gather ahead of President Donald Trump's rally. KCAL/KCBS

President Trump has landed in Santa Ana, California, ahead of a closed-press fundraiser scheduled to take place at a private residence in Newport Beach soon. 

Later today, Trump will hold a rally in Nevada.

2:30 p.m. ET, October 18, 2020

Biden: "Vote, vote. It's time."

From CNN’s Sarah Mucha 

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden arrives at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on October 18, in Morrisville, North Carolina.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden arrives at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on October 18, in Morrisville, North Carolina. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Campaigning in Durham, North Carolina, today, Joe Biden spoke for about 20 minutes, delivering his generic stump speech at a drive-in style rally.

Introduced by Duke Women’s Basketball Coach Kara Lawson, Biden said that his campaign is both “working hard and competing.”  

Noting that he’d spoken with Reps. G. K. Butterfield and David Price, Biden said, “They can tell you we're doing both: We’re working hard and we're competing like we never did before because so much is at stake for this nation. The very soul of the nation is at stake. Folks, as my coach used to say in college, it’s go-time. It’s the most important election in our lifetimes.”  

Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham — who is running to unseat Sen. Thom Tillis — did not speak, nor did he appear at the event, per the list provided by pool, but Biden did encourage everyone to vote Democrat in down-ballot races.

“Go vote today and don't just vote for me and Senator Harris,” he said. “You've got a Governor's race and a Senate race. A record number of black women on the ballot, Congress and Lt. Governor, Labor Commissioner and the courts. Folks they’re ready to deliver for North Carolina families. So vote, vote. It’s time.” 

The Democratic nominee slammed the Supreme Court hearings and the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

“In the middle of this pandemic, why do Republicans have the time to hold a hearing of the Supreme Court instead of addressing the significant economic needs of local communities? I'll tell you why. For real. It's about wiping Obamacare off the books, that's what it's about,” he said.  

He implored attendees to get out and make their voices heard as soon as possible. “We got to keep the incredible momentum going. We can't let up, you can vote early in person until the 31st, but don't wait.”  

1:58 p.m. ET, October 18, 2020

Biden is speaking in North Carolina

Pool
Pool

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden just took the stage in Durham, North Carolina, at a voter mobilization event. He's expected to urge North Carolinians to “make their plan to vote early during the state’s in-person early voting period.”

Early Voting began in the Tar Heel State this past Thursday and will go through October 31.

Cars began to file in for the drive-in event earlier this afternoon. The pre-show program included some speeches from organizers and several Biden campaign videos.