Joe Biden Touts High Turnout From Women, Young People During One of Final Election Day Stops in Pennsylvania

Joe Biden celebrated the high turnout from women and young people during a final pitch to voters in Pennsylvania, a key 2020 battleground state that could determine who wins the presidency.

The Democratic nominee attended a canvass kickoff in Philadelphia on Election Day. Speaking through a bullhorn while wearing a mask, the former vice president said "thank you" to supporters and said the city has been good to him throughout his career.

"I tell you what: As goes Philly, so goes the state of Pennsylvania," Biden said, prompting cheers from the crowd. "The turnout has been incredible, the job you're doing is incredible."

Biden pointed to high turnout nationwide—a massive surge in early voting has put the United States on track to surpass 150 million voters overall this election cycle—as evidence that "the country is ready" for new leadership. Biden told the crowd, "We're going to have more people vote this year than any time in American history."

"People between the ages of 18 and 30 are turning out in big numbers. That is going to be a big deal," Biden said, adding that he understands that "54 percent of the votes so far are women."

The former vice president went on to criticize efforts by Trump and Republicans to restrict the time frame for mail-in ballots to be counted.

"The president's got a lot of things backwards," Biden said. "One of which is, he thinks that he can decide who gets to vote. Well, guess what? The people are going to decide who gets to be president."

Last month, a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by Trump's campaign that attempted to ban the use of ballot drop boxes, change a state law that only allows poll watchers to monitor voting sites in their own country, and allow county election officials to disqualify mail-in ballots where the voter's signature may not match their signature on file.

The U.S. Supreme Court has also rejected a Republican request for a stay on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that allows ballots to be counted up to three days after Election Day. Trump has repeatedly criticized the high court's ruling and alleges, without evidence, that it would lead to fraud.

On Monday night, Twitter flagged a post from Trump in which he wrote the Supreme Court's decision on voting in Pennsylvania was a "VERY dangerous one" that will "induce violence in the streets." The social media giant blocked users from liking or responding to the post and added a disclaimer that contents of the president's message have been "disputed" and are potentially misleading.

Both campaigns have emphasized how critical Pennsylvania is to sealing an electoral victory. Trump won Pennsylvania by roughly 44,000 votes in 2016 , flipping the state red after it voted Democratic in the six elections prior—including Barack Obama in both his presidential bids.

A Monmouth University poll released Monday, the day before Election Day, found Biden ahead in the swing state by 5 points. The survey showed that half of Pennsylvania registered voters, 50 percent, preferred Biden and 45 percent favored Trump.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden greets supporters in Philadelphia on November 3. Biden celebrated high turnout from women and young people during a final pitch to voters in the key battleground state. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images