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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at Heinz Field, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden pledges to 'heal' nation in final campaign swing

Joseph R. Biden closed out his 2020 presidential campaign Monday in Pennsylvania, saying that if elected he will seek to "heal" a nation that is reeling from the "chaos," "failures" and "irresponsibility" that have defined President Trump's first term. Published November 2, 2020

John Legend performs live on stage at The Alliance for Children's Rights 28th Annual Dinner on March 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Legend dedicated his performance of "Never Break" at the Billboard Music Awards, aired Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, to his wife Chrissy Teigen, who recently announced she had a miscarriage. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

John Legend mocks pro-Trump rappers: 'Twisted masculinity'

Musician John Legend took aim Monday at some of the country's "former favorite rappers" that have rallied behind President Trump, joking at a rally for Joseph R. Biden that the pro-Trump rappers have formed "a new supergroup - it's called the sunken place." Published November 2, 2020

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Obama: Trump on a 'COVID spreader tour'

Former President Barack Obama is delivering his final pitch to voters on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden, telling voters in Georgia Monday that President Trump is on a "COVID spreader tour" and that the state's GOP senators are "like Batman and Robin gone bad." Published November 2, 2020

Angie People waiting in line to vote at City Hall in Philadelphia, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Biden leads among likely voters in Pennsylvania: Poll

Joseph R. Biden is leading President Trump in Pennsylvania, according to a Monmouth University Poll released Monday that showed the Democrat has lost ground in some of the state's swing counties. Published November 2, 2020

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama: Trump cares more about his ego than protecting people from COVID-19

Former President Barack Obama reunited Saturday with his loyal sidekick Joseph R. Biden on the trail for the first time as part of a final get-out-the-vote campaign blitz for Mr. Biden's own presidential bid, warning Michigan voters three days out from Election Day that President Trump is more interested in "feeding his ego" than making sure the nation is safe from the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Published October 31, 2020

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at a campaign event Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Kamala Harris invokes McCain, 'straight talk' at Arizona rally

Sen. Kamala Harris, the 2020 Democratic vice presidential nominee, invoked late Sen. John McCain Wednesday during a campaign swing through his adopted state of Arizona, kicking off her comments by saying she wanted to "start with a little straight talk" about President Trump and his failed response to the coronavirus. Published October 28, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the Coronavirus and health care at The Queen theater, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden: Nation 'cannot afford four more years' of Trump

Joseph R. Biden said Wednesday President Trump is more interested in photo ops than he is in doing what it takes to combat the coronavirus, leaving Americans more vulnerable -- particularly minority communities. Published October 28, 2020

In this file photo, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders approaches the stage at Kerrytown Market in Ann Arbor on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. (Jacob Hamilton/Ann Arbor News via AP)  ** FILE **

Bernie Sanders vouching for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

Sen. Bernard Sanders is hosting a "Fighting for a Living Wage" virtual rally featuring Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala D. Harris Thursday to rally grassroots activists behind her presidential running mate Joseph R. Biden and down-ballot Democrats, and advocate raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Published October 28, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media outside a voter service center, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden outlines closing argument in final ad blitz

Joseph R. Biden is closing out his presidential campaign with the same basic message that he started it, telling voters in a new television ad that "we are in a battle for the soul of the nation" and "character is on the ballot." Published October 27, 2020