Obama warns against fear, stress pulls economy on campaign path

Former US President Barack Obama warned Friday against rhetoric, saying he was destined to sow fear as he promoted support for Democratic candidates, while President Donald Trab ran a tough message against immigration to activate the Republicans.

In a full-day election campaign before Tuesday's parliamentary elections in Congress, Trab went on a club demonstration, urging voters to keep the Republican party under the control of Congress, while Democrats seemed to win their efforts to stop dissemination of misinformation on the Internet.

Twitter Inc said it had deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts that posted messages that discouraged people from voting on Tuesday's elections and seemed to be from Democrats after the party noted the misleading tweets in the social media company.

The removals took place in late September and early October.

Obama has struck a common theme of democratic campaigns – defending the Healthcare Act of 2010, urging Americans not to embrace hostility and division into politics.

"We have seen repeated attempts to divide us with rhetoric designed to make us angry and make us afraid," said Obama in Miami. "But in four days, in Florida, you can control this kind of behavior."

Obama was accompanied by chief candidate Andrew Gillum, who faces the former vice president and strong supporter of Trump Ron DeSantis and Senator Bill Nelson, who is questioned by outgoing Governor Rick Scott.

The attitudes of the Trump campaign were aimed at empowering Republicans by questioning the established democratic senators in West Virginia and Indiana, the states that won the 2016 presidential election.

Speaking on behalf of Mike Braun, who is trying to replace Joe Donnelly in the Senate, Trump said in a rally in Indianapolis:

"If you want prosperity for your family, safety for your children and security for your country, vote for Mike Braun."

Trump participated in the scene from former basketball coach of Indiana University Bobby Knight, who led the crowd to a voice "Go get" Donald.

Pollsters and non-Communists generally predict that Democrats are highly likely to gain 23 extra seats and get the majority in the House of Representatives, which they could use to start Trump's investigations and block their legislative agenda.

Republicans are favored to retain control of the Senate, whose powers include the confirmation of Trump's nominees in lifetime seats at the Supreme Court.

Obama's speech was interrupted repeatedly by hecklers, urging him to say, "Why did the people who won the last election are so crazy all the time?"

Former US President Barack Obama campaign for Democrats, US Senator Bill Nelson and Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in Miami, Florida, USA, November 2, 2018. REUTERS / Joe Skipper

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Interest in the election was unusually high in a year when Congress was at stake, but not the White House, according to the first election. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia have recorded more early votes at this point in the campaign than they did throughout 2014, according to the University of Florida Election Program, which monitors participation.

Texas had already scored more votes than it did throughout 2014, including Election Day, the group said.

After Miami, Obama headed to Georgia to promote Stacey Abrams, a former political legislator who was aiming to become the first black woman governor of the nation.

This struggle that blasters Abrams against Republican Brian Kemp, the top state election watchdog, has become a turning point for allegations of repression of voters by Democrats because of the state's rigorous state law on the recognition of voters. Republicans say law is necessary to prevent voter fraud

A federal judge on Friday ordered the state to allow some 3,000 citizens newly-polled to vote after the cessation of their registrations.

With the throat and neck of the fight, voter turnout will be vital, said Georgia State Politologist Lemita Boneet-Bailey. Obama could activate Democratic voters and increase turnout, he added.

"This is going to be a turnout," he said. "How can they mobilize those who are already registered to vote to go out and vote and tell their friends and their families to vote."

The last weeks of the campaign also saw a massacre of violence, including the massacre of 11 people in a Pennsylvania concert and more than twelve packet bombs sent to prominent Trump critics.

The FBI said on Friday it had regained a suspicious package addressed to California billionaire Tom Steyer, a Democrat known for his ads seeking a ban on Trump.

In West Virginia, Tribe's third visit in three months was aimed at supporting Patrick Morrisey, who seeks to abolish Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.

Two new polls this week showed Manchin was once a comfortable leader over Morrisey dropped to 5 percentage points, which Democrat supporters accuse in part of Trump's repeated visits.

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"I know the Trump that comes so often has an impact," said Jim Hoyt, president of Morgan County Democratic Party in northeastern West Virginia. Like other democrats in the state, he still expects Madin to win.

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Report by Jeff Mason in Huntington, West Virginia. Additional reports from Amy Tennery in New York, Joe Skipper in Miami, Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, California, Julia Carte, Lisa Lambert, Christopher Bing and McIntyre Bryce in Washington, and John Whitesides in West Virginia. Writing by Scott Malone. Editing by Bill Trott, Cynthia Osterman and Tomasz Janowski

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