Joe Biden warned of stumbling block that 'could hand Donald Trump election win'

The Democrat candidate has maintained a steady lead in the election campaign thus far, with Mr Biden being consistently polled at around 10 points clear of President Donald Trump. Mr Biden and Mr Trump faced off again last night in the last presidential debate before November 3rd and clashed on issues such as the coronavirus and foreign policy. Another important issue that emerged yesterday during the debate was alleged foreign interference into the US election by Russia and Iran.

Professor Stephen Burman told this could act as a severe blow to Mr Biden’s campaign – creating an area Mr Trump can “capitalise on”.

He said: “If it is the case that the Iranians are intervening on Biden’s behalf, President Trump can go hard on that and question the validity of the election.

“That gets Trump onto foreign policy where he is strong and he can capitalise on that.

“It’s not the same as Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2016, nothing so far has had that effect on Joe Biden.”

Washington officials have said that Iran did not intend to deter voters, but rather to hurt Mr Trump and mobilise support for Mr Biden by angering voters about the President’s apparent embrace of the Proud Boys, a far-right group, in the first debate.

This comes after President Trump abandoned a nuclear deal with Iran that was first agreed between Washington and Tehran under Barack Obama, when Mr Biden was Vice President.

Security officials announced yesterday that both Iran and Russia have obtained American voter registration data.

Iran used the information to send threatening, fake emails to voters, according to John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, and Christopher Wray, the FBI director.

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The President responded by insinuating that Iran prefers Mr Biden to win.

Quoting Mr Ratcliffe, Mr Trump said: “He said, ‘The one thing that’s common to both of them, they both want you [me] to lose.'”

With a Quinnipiac University poll showing Mr Biden continuing to lead the president by ten points nationally, at 51 per cent to 41 per cent, the debate may have had very little impact on the race in the end.