US Election: Biden promises to 'heal nation', Trump predicts four more years in power as voters go hard and early

Fury on the streets of West Philadelphia - a second night of clashes following the shooting of 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr.

He was holding a knife, and two police officers opened fire with multiple rounds.

Activists have a single question: "Why was the fact that the first thing them officers did was pull their weapons on that man… They didn't use a Taser?"   

The troubling answer came when police conceded they didn't have Tasers - only guns.

Welcome to America, where there is all sorts of chaos.

Amid the protests, voters are going hard and going early - with some New Yorkers backed up for eight blocks at a polling booth in Manhattan.

Asked why he'd decided to have his say a week before election day, one man told Newshub he was "making sure that my vote counts and that Trump is not re-elected".

There is a nationwide surge of early voting. With a week to go, 69 million Americans have already cast theirs - more than half the total of 136 million people that voted last election.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has laid down his final argument, promising he will bring back America's soul.

"I want to unite this nation, I want to heal this nation." 

Meanwhile incumbent President Donald Trump is arguing for another chance.

"We're going to win four more years in the White House. And by the way, there has never been a campaign," he told a crowd as they chanted "four more years".

Despite what Trump says, there is a campaign - and his response to coronavirus is the biggest issue.

"He keeps telling us that we're turning the corner - it's as removed from reality and as offensive as when he told us the virus affects virtually nobody," Biden explained.

New Yorker Marlen Sanchez caught the virus when it first hit - and it is the deciding factor with her vote.

"I don't want anybody to go through what I've gone through the last seven months," she told Newshub.

COVID-19 is still surging there, with more than 74,000 cases reported on Monday (local time), and a total of 226,000 deaths.

"I'm here to tell you, we can and we will control this virus. As President, I will never wave the white flag of surrender," Biden said.

And the high-profile support acts were out; First Lady Melania Trump has got back up again from the virus.

"I do not always agree with the way he says things, but it is important to him that he speaks directly to the people he serves," she said.

The media was getting Donald Trump's back up, while Barack Obama backed up his attacks. 

"COVID, COVID, COVID - he's complaining. He's jealous of COVID's media coverage," the former President said.

One woman said she'd heard Obama give a speech, and it inspired her to get out and vote.

With a rush to vote amid violence and a virus, America is about to decide.