Update (1330ET): There have been some conflicting reports, but it looks like Biden has cut Friday's campaign event and fundraiser in Michigan. Here are the Bloomberg headlines.
- 1253ET *BIDEN IS HEADING TO MICHIGAN TODAY AS SCHEDULED: CAMPAIGN
- 1324ET *BIDEN CUTS FUNDRAISER AND VOTER EVENT TODAY IN MICHIGAN
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Update (1325ET): Following reports that he and his wife tested negative, Biden will reportedly head to Michigan on Friday for a campaign event and fundraiser. The campaign event is in Grand Rapids.
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Update (1230ET): The Biden camp just confirmed that both Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have tested negative.
I’m happy to report that Jill and I have tested negative for COVID. Thank you to everyone for your messages of concern. I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2020
If Biden had tested positive, allegations about Trump giving it to him on purpose (and vice versa) would likely have flooded the web.
im glad biden is negative but a little let down that we dont get to see a bunch of people claiming trump gave it to him on purpose— Neeraj K. Agrawal (@NeerajKA) October 2, 2020
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With stocks already moving higher thanks to Nancy Pelosi's claim that Congress is working on a relief bill so airlines shouldn't move ahead with layoffs just yet, the market just got the headline it had been waiting for all morning: Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, has tested negative.
Biden shared a stage with President Trump during Tuesday's debate, prompting concern that he could have been infected (as the NYT confirmed earlier, the White House didn't give the Biden campaign a heads up about Hicks' positive test).
If Biden were to also test positive, it would introduce even more political uncertainty into the US market, as both of the men competing to serve as president for the next four years would have been facing a serious illness that - as one Wall Street analyst pointed out earlier - "kills people".
NBC News got the scoop...
...now we wait for the Biden camp to confirm.