'It's Trump vs. Not-Trump:' After Conventions, Biden Looks To Excite His Base While Trump Tries To Expand His

Hours before Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination in front of 1,500 supporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told Illinois trial lawyers at a virtual fundraiser that he's going to start campaigning in person again.

Trump as impresario of a glitzy spectacle and Biden as participant of an online discussion served not only to highlight a contrast in styles but also provided a window into their differing strategies to win the Nov. 3 election.

GOP strategist Ford O'Connell, however, said he believes an increasing number of key voters, such as seniors and suburbanites, are beginning to view Trump as the candidate best suited to restore normalcy, especially as civil unrest continues to spark violence in places such as Kenosha where he plans to visit Tuesday.

“The arc that he’s on, I think he’s going to win," O'Connell said.

"But he has to continue driving this (message) home that: 'you have a lot to lose. I’m front and center on (COVID). It’s about safety and security. And, by the way, Biden's a figurehead for the far left and he’s promising to bring back the sun except he’s been in Washington for nearly 50 years and hasn’t done it yet," he said.

O'Connell, the GOP pollster, said that's a key for his re-election because rallies help the enthusiasm of his base.

"What people don’t realize is, yes, (rallies) energize him, but they also energize his supporters and his supporters in key places, whether its New Hampshire or the I-4 corridor in Florida," he said. "They become like evangelists for him.”

Read more from Ledyard King and Phillip M. Bailey at USA TODAY

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