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After Trump’s coronavirus infection, the question of the successor to the president brings new urgency to the competition.

  • Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will face each other in their only Vice Presidential debate on Wednesday after spitting over the event’s coronavirus precautions.
  • Donald Trump and Joe Biden will sit back and the president will be “not quite out of the woods” with his coronavirus infection from Monday.
  • Early voting begins in Arizona, a battlefield that has become increasingly competitive for Biden.
  • With Trump still recovering from the coronavirus, the next steps for his election campaign remain uncertain. 27 days until the election on November 3rd.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the US election. This is Joseph Stepansky.

Wednesday, October 7th:

10:00 ET – Who Tested Positive in Trump’s Orbit?

A growing number of White House staff and senior Republicans have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since US President Donald Trump announced he was infected with the disease.

The infections have disrupted the presidential election campaign on November 3rd, rocked financial markets and slowed the work of Congress. The Senate promised to postpone the vote after three members of the Republican majority tested positive.

Some people who met with Trump last week said they had tested negative since then, but it may take days for someone exposed to the virus to develop symptoms or test positive.

Find out who is who here.

[Alia Chughtai/Al Jazeera]

9:30 AM ET – Pence Backs Plexiglass On Debate: Report

Pence agreed to the use of Plexiglas barriers Tuesday evening after his team initially raised objections, stating they were not medically necessary.

Pence’s team resigned after a series of talks, sources familiar with the situation told Politico.

The barriers were reportedly agreed earlier this week by both campaigns before Pence’s U-turn on Tuesday.

9:00 AM ET – The Pence Harris Debate Is Growing On: Analysis

Even if Donald Trump hadn’t become the international figurehead of COVID-19, he was always destined to survive the vice-presidential debate in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, especially after his disastrous opening encounter with Joe Biden, writes debate analyst Alan Schroeder for Al Jazeera.

Now the president’s illness – and the uncertainty obscuring his health – pose a difficult challenge for Republican runmate Mike Pence. The situation also complicates Democratic candidate Kamala Harris’s job and leaves her a delicate line to walk. Even in his absence, even from his sickbed, Trump is at the center of the Vice Presidential debate.

The debate between Pence and Harris, which begins at 9:00 p.m. CET (1:00 a.m. GMT), has the potential to break the record-breaking audience records for Vice-Presidential debates, which typically draw a much smaller audience than their top peers. The exception was Biden’s debate against runner-up candidate Sarah Palin in 2008.

Read more here.

Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will face each other in the only Vice Presidential debate on Wednesday [Reuters]_______________________________________________________________

Read all updates from Tuesday (October 6th) here.

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