VP Mike Pence visits Flagstaff, Tucson on Oct. 30, days before Election Day

With Election Day just around the corner, the Trump campaign has made yet another visit to Arizona.

Vice President Mike Pence is making back-to-back stops in Flagstaff and Tucson on Oct. 30, hoping to appeal to voters in counties that President Donald Trump lost in 2016.

Pence hosted a rally at Pulliam Airport in Flagstaff at 11:30 a.m. and will be attending another Make America Great Again event at Tucson International Airport at 2:30 p.m.

The visits to the Flagstaff and Tucson airports come as both presidential candidates key in on battleground states ahead of Tuesday’s election. Voters in Coconino and Pima counties supported Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election, but Arizona overall helped send Trump to the White House.

Pence is on a multi-state campaigning trip despite criticism from health experts who said he should be under quarantine after a coronavirus outbreak in his office. The White House approved the trip, saying Pence is exempt from quarantine under guidelines for essential workers. He tested negative for COVID-19.

Those attending the Arizona events are having their temperatures taken and have been given a mask to wear.

Trump was in Arizona last week where he held rallies in Bullhead City and Goodyear. Vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris met with small groups of voters in Phoenix and Tucson on Wednesday.

The vice president also visited Peoria earlier this month.

Oct. 30 is four days before Election Day, and in the days prior, members of Trump's family have also visited Arizona.

On Oct. 26, Trump's son, Eric, held a rally in Phoenix. Eric Trump's sister, Ivanka, had visited Phoenix just two weeks prior for a similar event.

With less than a week until Election Day, Trump is trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden in most national polls. Biden also has an advantage, though narrower, in the key swing states that could decide the election.

Trump views Nevada, a state that hasn’t backed a Republican for president since 2004, as one option for success. Hillary Clinton won it by less than 2.5 percentage points in 2016, giving the president hope that he could close the margin.

While Trump has his sights on Nevada, he’s also aiming to keep Arizona in his column. The state hasn’t backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996, but it is competitive this year for both the presidency and the Senate. Democrat Mark Kelly is in a close race against GOP Sen. Martha McSally.

Democrats aren’t ceding Nevada and Arizona to Trump in the final days of the campaign. Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, was in Nevada on Tuesday night in an effort to prevent the state from flipping to Trump.

“A path to the White House runs right through this field,” Harris said in a Las Vegas park Tuesday evening.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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