The Biden campaign has said former Vice President Joe Biden will address the nation on election night from his home state of Delaware, alongside Kamala Harris, while President Donald Trump said he would likely be following the results from between the White House and his nearby hotel due to COVID-19 limitations on event size.
Biden is expected to speak from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, the same venue where he accepted the Democratic nomination for president in August. Biden’s spouse, Jill Biden, and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s spouse, Doug Emhoff, are also expected to attend.
Trump on the other hand said on Saturday that he is likely to remain in Washington on election night, and potentially move between the White House and his downtown hotel.
Initially, the president had planned to host a party in the Trump International Hotel Washington, but Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One in Maryland on Saturday that the mayor had placed limits on the number of people allowed at the hotel due to COVID-19, limiting the number of attendees.
Currently, events in Washington are restricted to a maximum of 50 people, including staff.
“I’ll be perhaps between the White House and the hotel,” he said. “I guess they have a limit. They’ve placed limits on the hotel, which is unfortunate.”
The president’s son Eric Trump had told Fox News on Friday morning, “We’re thinking about moving it, actually, over to the White House. We are looking at that right now,” he said. “It’s going to be a great night.”
Trump went on to tell reporters that he was also not happy with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz after the Democrat limited the number of people who could attend a Trump rally there at the last minute.
“We were going to have over 25,000 people,” Trump said. “You saw what went on there. It was ridiculous … they should have called me sooner.
“Thousands and thousands of people were disenfranchised. I mean, they traveled for miles and many miles to get there, in some cases.
“And then the governor makes a political move. I don’t think it’s going to help him,” Trump said.
The outcome of next week’s presidential election could be unknown for days or even weeks as a number of states are expected to be waiting for mail-in ballots to arrive for counting due to extended deadlines.
For example, an extension for mail-in ballots was allowed for Pennsylvania after a deadlocked vote by the Supreme Court on Oct. 19. The state will now count mail-in ballots, even those without a postmark, until Nov. 6, which will likely delay the formal announcement of a winning nominee.