Former President Barack Obama campaigns for Democratic candidates in Wisconsin last week. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama will headline a campaign rally on Friday in Atlanta for Democrat Stacey Abrams, who's locked in a virtual tie in the Georgia gubernatorial race against Republican Brian Kemp.

Why it matters: The rally comes in the closing days of the hotly contested governor's contest, which could also have historical significance given Abrams has the chance to become the nation's first black female governor. Meanwhile, President Trump will campaign on Sunday for Kemp in Macon. The Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss up.”

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U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began

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The U.S. confirmed at least 83,010 coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic started, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

By the numbers: Friday's total surpassed the U.S.'s previous record set on July 17 when 76,842 cases were recorded. 

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Fauci: Trump hasn't been to a COVID task force meeting in months

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President Trump has not attended a White House coronavirus task force meeting in “several months,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told MSNBC on Friday.

Why it matters: At the beginning of the pandemic, the task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, met every day, but in the "last several weeks," members have held virtual meetings once a week, Fauci said, even as the number of new cases continues to surge in the country.