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Trump hints at 2024 run, while Biden is absent from crucial swing states

Former US President Donald Trump hinted at entering the presidential race in 2024 on the eve of the midterm elections which have the potential to shift the balance of power in Washington. It comes as President Joe Biden hoped to provide the Democratic Party with a boost on the last night of campaigning before today’s elections.

The president held a rally in blue-state Maryland last night rather than making a final pitch to voters in any of the hotly contested states, amid reports that the president was deliberately kept away from crucial midterm swing states. The president’s approval ratings have plummeted to the lowest on record for any White House president at this stage in office.

The “do not harm” strategy is in recognition of his damning approval ratings; Democrat strategists have admitted. 

“The US president has largely avoided the critical states that will determine control of Congress next Tuesday amid fears his presence could prove more of a hindrance than a help for struggling Democratic candidates.

“Amid persistent inflation and rising mortgage rates, Mr Biden’s approval rating rests just above 40 per cent, the lowest for any president on record at this stage of an administration,” The Telegraph reported.

Speaking to political website The Hill, democrat strategist David Axelrod said: “He would potentially hurt some of these other candidates who don’t need a reminder of the 80-year-old president with the bad economy beside them”.

When campaigning alongside Democrat candidate John Fetterman in Pennsylvania on Sunday, observers noted that Biden stayed in the state’s most reliably Democrat region, and held the rally alongside his significantly more popular predecessor Barack Obama.

Media reports suggest that his wilting popularity has rendered him unwelcome in many parts of the country. He has largely avoided other key states, including Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, and Ohio.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump held the final rally of his campaign in Ohio, lending his support to candidate JD Vance, a venture capitalist, lawyer, author, and politician. 

At a rally in Miami the night prior, Mr Trump hinted that he may soon announce another presidential run. 

“I will probably have to do it again, but stay tuned,” he said after speaking in support of Sen. Marco Rubio.

During a rally in Pennsylvania the day before, Trump took a swipe of Ron DeSantis, branding him “Ron DeSanctimonius” – one of the most direct shots Trump has taken at the governor, a likely rival in the 2024 race if both men run for the Republican nomination for president. However, Trump held back from slamming the Florida Governor on Sunday, saying that DeSantis should be re-elected, despite obvious 2024 tensions between the pair.

Teasing an imminent ‘big announcement’ at the Oho rally on Monday night, Trump suggested more news will come on Tuesday 15 November at his Mar-a-Lago home.

Addressing the crowd, he said: “Not to detract from tomorrow’s very important, even critical, election.

“I’m going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach Florida. We want nothing to detract from the importance of tomorrow.”

He also told the crowd that under president Biden, the US has skipped socialism, and gone straight to communism, as he urged those present to “end this madness”.

“This country has gone crazy. There’s only one choice to end this madness. If you support the decline for all of America, then you must absolutely vote for the radical left crazy people, the radical left Democrats. And if you want to stop the destruction of our country and save the American dream, then tomorrow you must vote Republican in a giant red wave that we’ve all been hearing about,” the former president said.

If the announcement comes as expected next week, Trump remains the favourite to triumph in the Republican primaries in 2024.

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