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The Latest: Fauci Says `whole Lot Of Hurt' For US From Virus

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):

WASHINGTON: The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris says Black voters are critical to defeating President Donald Trump and electing Joe Biden president.

But as the California senator arrived to campaign in Georgia on Sunday, she stressed that we are not telling anybody theyre supposed to vote for us and are working to earn the vote.

Harris is the first Black woman on a major party national ticket. A considerable part of her campaign time this fall has been focused on Black voters and in states with prominent Black populations.

Sunday marks her second trip to Atlanta in the campaigns closing weeks. She will head to Pennsylvania on Monday.

Democrats havent won Georgias electoral votes since 1992 and Pennsylvania slipped away narrowly four years ago. But Black turnout in both states could tip the scales Tuesday.

Harris said its an ongoing job for the Democratic ticket to show Black voters that a Biden White House understands the disproportionate impact Black Americans have endured from the COVID-19 pandemic and longstanding economic and social inequities.

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HERES WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

With two days to go until Election Day, Democrat Joe Biden is campaigning in Philadelphia and President Donald Trump’s schedule has him in Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

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HERES WHAT ELSE HAPPENING:

11:55 a.m.

President Donald Trump is braving flurries and a stiff wind chill as he rallies thousands of supporters in Michigan.

Trump took the stage Sunday in Washington Township and told the crowd: Its freezing out here.

The president is aiming to run up support in the whiter, more rural parts of Michigan as Democrat Joe Biden was in the state Saturday with former President Barack Obama in a bid to increase turnout among Black voters.

Trump expressed confidence and said of Biden, I dont think he knows hes losing.

Its the first stop of Trumps final blitz of 10 rallies in the final 48 hours of the campaign. On Sunday, he is also visiting Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

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11:35 a.m.

Joe Biden is spending the final Sunday before Election Day rallying voters in the all-important swing state of Pennsylvania.

Biden will make two stops in Philadelphia on Sunday an appearance at a Baptist church for a Souls to the Polls event, and a rally in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park downtown.

Bidens return to Philadelphia underscores the significance of Pennsylvania, the Rust Belt state that helped deliver President Donald Trump the White House four years ago. Biden has visited Pennsylvania more times than any other battleground state this cycle, and Philadelphia remains a key base of Democratic support in the state. Biden and the rest of his top surrogates his wife Jill, Sen. Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff will also fan out across the state on Monday.

While Bidens campaign argues the Democrat can still win without Pennsylvania, Trumps path to victory would narrow considerably without the states 20 electoral votes. The president has made Pennsylvania a priority as well – he held four rallies across the state on Saturday, and will return Monday for a campaign event in Scranton, Bidens hometown.

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9:45 a.m.

The governments top infectious diseases expert is cautioning that the U.S. will have to deal with a whole lot of hurt in the weeks ahead due to surging coronavirus cases. Dr. Anthony Faucis comments in a Washington Post interview take issue with President Donald Trumps frequent assertion that the nation is rounding the turn on the virus.

Fauci says the U.S. could not possibly be positioned more poorly to stem rising cases as more people gather indoors during the colder fall and winter months. He says the U.S. will need to make an abrupt change in public health precautions.

Speaking of the risks, Fauci says he believes Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is taking it seriously from a public health perspective, while Trump is looking at it from a different perspective. Fauci, whos on the White House coronavirus task force, says that perspective is the economy and reopening the country.

In response, White House spokesman Judd Deere says Trump always puts peoples well-being first and Deere charges that Fauci has decided to play politics right before Tuesdays election.

Deere says Fauci has a duty to express concerns or push for a change in strategy but instead is choosing to criticize the president in the media and make his political leanings known.

Fauci has said that in his decades of public service, hes never publicly endorsed any political candidate.

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