Covid-19 raises risk of US presidential election outcome being viewed as illegitimate

To help keep restaurants open, dining space has been made available along Highway 101 in Encinitas, California. Polls consistently show that the federal government's handling of Covid-19 has significantly hurt President Donald Trump's re-election cha
To help keep restaurants open, dining space has been made available along Highway 101 in Encinitas, California. Polls consistently show that the federal government's handling of Covid-19 has significantly hurt President Donald Trump's re-election chances.PHOTO: REUTERS

Sixteen minutes after news broke that the coronavirus pandemic had led to America's sharpest economic contraction in modern history, President Donald Trump made an extraordinary suggestion to delay the Nov 3 presidential election.

The idea was swiftly shot down by allies of Mr Trump, who had played up - without any evidence - the spectre of voting-by-mail fraud.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 02, 2020, with the headline 'Covid-19 raises risk of election outcome being viewed as illegitimate'. Print Edition | Subscribe