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Battle for White House nears end

TRUMP and Biden are headed down to the wire on Tuesday (Shutterstock).

Going into the last weekend before the Nov. 3 presidential election, there’s a lot at stake. A sharply-divided public will pick a new president and vice president, one third of the U.S. Senate and all 435 members of the House of Representatives.

In California, there are no senatorial or gubernatorial races, but plenty of other choices.  Heavy early voting may make the electorate the largest ever, fueled both by coronavirus concerns and the widespread use of voting by mail.

Most national polls are showing the Biden-Harris ticket leading in popular support, but those officers are chosen by the Electoral College. Bearing in mind that it takes 270 electoral votes to win, here are estimates from several agencies. Listed are totals from states they are expected to “definitely” win.

  • RealClearPolitics: Biden with 216, Trump with 125
  • 270 to Win: Biden with 183, Trump with 77
  • Cook’s Political Report: Biden with 188, Trump with 77.

These are not predictions, just estimates of how things appear to stand based on recent polling. Anything can happen, as we saw in 2016.

The News: Stocks take another tumble

Concerns about COVID-19 and the presidential election sent Wall Street into red ink on Friday. The Dow declined 157.71 points, while the S&P 500 fell 40.15 points. • The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a second challenge to extending the deadline to submit the absentee ballots in North Carolina. •  The number of total COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. officially topped 9 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. The specific number is 9,018,524. Worldwide, the total is 45,426,839. • Walmart has reversed its day-old policy of not displaying firearms and ammunition in its stores. • The total number of early votes cast so far in Texas has exceeded the total number of Texan votes in the 2016 presidential election.

Weather: Fog, then sun for the weekend

Tired of all this sunny weather? There could be some fog on Saturday in the West Orange County area in the morning giving way to sunny skies and a high of 83 degrees. An overnight low of 57 is predicted. Sunny skies are forecast by the National Weather Service with the high to be 86 and mostly sunny on Sunday, with an overnight low of 59.  Monday should be sunny with a high of 86. In the coast  (Huntington Beach) area, highs will range from 74 to 76 degrees with overnight lows of 59 to60.

Sports This Weekend: Rams, Chargers

No local pro teams in action today (Friday), but football continues. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams will take on the Dolphins in Miami in a game televised at 10 a.m. on Channel 11. The Rams are 5-2 and the Dolphins are 3-3.

The Los Angeles Chargers are also in action on Sunday, They will go to Denver to play the Broncos in a 1:05 p.m. game on Channel 2. The Bolts and Broncos are both 2-4.

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