Do rallies still matter? COVID-19 election tests value of traditional campaigning

Do rallies still matter? COVID-19 election tests value of traditional campaigning


With a rousing rally in the battleground state of Florida, President Trump Monday made a triumphant return to the campaign trail this week, raising new questions about how much this kind of traditional politicking matters during a pandemic.

“I feel so powerful,” Trump said. “I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women. Just give you a big, fat kiss.”

“These rallies give POTUS the juice he needs in the final weeks,” said a veteran Republican strategist, noting videos circulating of Trump dancing to the Village People’s “YMCA” as he took the stage.

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For months, Republicans have predicted that at some point, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s approach of campaigning largely from his basement was a mistake and that eventually, Trump’s embrace of barnstorming and the bully pulpit would pay off. Instead, Biden has built a formidable lead in the polls, 10 points in the RealClearPolitics national average and almost 5 in

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