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Trump's 'nobody' comment roils Florida seniors; feds confirm mail-in ballot probe in Pennsylvania
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Trump's 'nobody' comment roils Florida seniors; feds confirm mail-in ballot probe in Pennsylvania

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The latest headlines and other things you should know today from the 2020 election.

There are 39 days until Election Day. Here's today's latest.

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Virus Outbreak Senior Voters

Eva Johnson, left, and Liz Cillo walk along the waterfront in St. Petersburg, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Trump recently said that COVID-19 was seriously affecting “virtually nobody” under the age of 18 and sought to frame the pandemic as largely impacting older Americans, as he argued for school districts to resume in-person learning. “We’re dispensable. We’re old. I feel as though he’s never showed any empathy or compassion toward us,” Cillo said. 

Trump's coronavirus remarks weigh on minds of senior voters

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s remarks at a campaign event in Ohio this week reverberated all the way to a sparkling waterfront in Florida, where senior citizens parsed his assessment of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump said that COVID-19 was seriously affecting “virtually nobody” under the age of 18 and sought to frame the pandemic as largely impacting older Americans, as he argued for school districts to resume in-person learning.

“Now we know it affects elderly people with heart problems and other problems,” Trump said. “If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects. That’s it.”

Florida, where 34 percent of the population is over the age of 55, is a potential swing state for Trump’s re-election campaign. Democratic challenger Joe Biden has made some inroads among older voters here, according to recent polls, but the coronavirus could affect the race in profound ways. Read the full story here:

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In focus: Montana

Election 2020 Montana Republican Juggernaut

Republicans U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, left, listens as Rep. Greg Gianforte speaks during a joint interview on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 in Bozeman, Mont. Daines is being challenged by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock while Gianforte faces Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney in the gubernatorial race. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Republican duo reshapes Montana politics in Trump's style

Steve Daines is the affable one, the smiler, a consummate salesman who parlayed his corporate success into a meteoric rise through Montana politics and a seat in the U.S. Senate.

His former boss, Greg Gianforte, is more brusque, sometimes even harsh, a self-made technology mogul whose political career has proved rockier and included a stinging defeat for governor and unwanted notoriety when he assaulted a reporter during a successful run for U.S. House.

Together they form a powerful political alliance on the cusp of dominating Montana politics for years to come, pushing the state's Republican Party away from a Western brand of centrism and toward the hard-line partisan agenda of President Donald Trump.

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