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BBC News 1 Nov 2020

Trump and Biden in final scramble for votes before election day


Donald Trump and Joe Biden have made whistlestop tours of the key battleground states, in a final bid to win over undecided voters.

With just days to go, US opinion polls suggest the result is still in the balance.

Tina Daheley presents BBC News at Ten reporting by north America Editor Jon Sopel and world editor John Simpson.

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President-elect Joe Biden introduced his choices for top health positions in his administration, including Health and Human Services Secretary-nominee Xavier Becerra and Dr. Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General. Biden also said he'd roll out a 100-day plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic, encouraging all Americans to wear masks and rolling out vaccines to millions of people. Watch his remarks.

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