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The United States confirmed 56,580 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday per the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, with 5.6 percent of the 1,011,304 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 873 deaths were attributed to the virus on Wednesday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 216,734.
Amy Coney Barrett faced her final day of questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Outside witnesses are set to testify about Barrett later today, leading to an October 22 committee vote on her nomination. According to a Morning Consult poll conducted October 9-11, 48 percent of registered voters support Barrett’s confirmation and 31 percent oppose.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Wednesday that the chances of passing a coronavirus relief bill before November 3 are slim: “I’d say at this point getting something done before the election and executing on that would be difficult, just given where we are.”
The Biden campaign announced it raised a record $383 million in September, and has just under half a billion dollars in the bank heading into the final stretch of the election.