Trump touts economy, Georgia sees racist calls as US vote nears

Trump touts economy, Georgia sees racist calls as US vote nears

By Jeff Mason and Maria Caspani

PENSACOLA, Fl./ATLANTA (Reuters) – President Donald Trump touted U.S. Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden urged voters to reject division.

In the latest case of racial tensions in the campaign, a wave of automated calls using racist and anti-semitic language went out to vote in Georgia, where a Democratic candidate is becoming the first black female governor in the United States.

Control of both houses of the U. S. Congress, currently dominated by Republicans, and 36 governors' offices wants to be at stake when Americans vote on Tuesday. Interest has been unusually high for a non-presidential election year, with early voting.

Opinion polls and nonpartisan forecasters generally show Democrats with a strong chance of taking the 23 additional seats they would need for a majority in the House of Representatives, which they could use to launch Trump's administration and block his legislative agenda.

Republicans are favored to retain control of the Senate, whose powers include confirming Trump's nominations to lifetime seats on the Supreme Court.

"America is booming, Republicans passed a massive tax cut for working families, and will soon follow up with another 10 percent tax cut for the middle class," Trump said, standing in a Belgrade, Montana, airfield with Air Force One as a backdrop.

Last December, Trump signed into law over the 1980s, which slashed the corporate rate to 21 percent from 35 percent.

Rosendale, the Republican state auditor challenging Democratic Senator Jon Tester. Supreme Court nominee, saying "what he did what terrible."

Trump has focused on his hard-line immigration stance as he looks to the United States States.

"The Democrats want to invite caravan to caravan to flood your communities, depleting our resources and flooding our nation," Trump told the Montana crowd. "We do not want that."

Biden campaigned in Ohio on Saturday in support of Democrats. Senator Sherrod Brown and gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray.

"We're in a battle for America's soul," Biden, his voice faint and scratchy, told a crowd at a high school south of Cleveland. We choose hope over fear, we choose unity over division, we choose our allies over our enemies and we choose truth over lies. "

RACIST ROBOCALLS

Stacey Abrams, who is becoming the first black female governor in the United States, says: "A wave of robots using racist language went out in Georgia.

Oprah Winfrey, who earlier this week campaigned with Abrams, and thus featured anti-Semitic language, according to audio of the call heard by Reuters.

Both Abrams and her rival, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, denounced the calls with the Republican calling them "absolutely disgusting."

"It just shows the desperation," said Ivory Watts, a 36-year-old activist who formerly lived in Georgia who received one of the calls.

Georgia's Kemp is the state's top election overseer.

Two federal courts on Friday issued ruling the state to allow some 3,000 naturalized U.S. citizens to vote in Tuesday's elections and prevent the state from throwing out some absentee ballots.

A similarly racist round of calls went out in August in Florida, targeting Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, who is black.

As of Friday night, almost 32.4 million people had cast ballots early across the United States, which tracks the Election Project at the University of Florida. That's more than 50 percent from the 20.5 million early votes cast in all of 2014, the last federal election when the White House was not at stake.

Trump on Friday appeared in West Virginia with Patrick Morrisey, who is looking to unseat Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. They marked his third campaign appearance in West Virginia and fourth in Montana.

In Florida, Trump campaigned for Governor Rick Scott, who is trying to unseat Democratic U. S. Senator Bill Nelson, and U.S. Pat. Representative Ron DeSantis, who is running for governor against Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor.

If the Democrats won, Trump told the crowd at aircraft hangar at Pensacola, they would impose socialism on Florida.

"Welcome to Venezuela," he said. "And they'll erase America's border." We're going to have a great country. "

For all Reuters election coverage, click: https://www.reuters.com/politics/election2018

Graphic: For a look at battleground states – https://graphics.reuters.com/USA-ELECTION-TOSSUP-SEATS/010080SV1K9/index.html

Graphic: Can Democrats regain control of the House? – https://graphics.reuters.com/USA-ELECTION-BLUEWAVE/010080J912P/index.html

(Additional reporting by Sharon Bernstein of Sacramento, California; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by James Dalgleish and Grant McCool)

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