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Politics Trump to vote in Florida before hitting campaign trail, Biden heads to Pennsylvania

09:15  24 october  2020
09:15  24 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Florida is Trump ’s next stop on the campaign trail – a must-win for the president; Biden will speak in Delaware. President Donald Trump speaking during In the evening, Trump will hold an airport rally in Pensacola in Florida ’s heavily Republican northwestern panhandle, to urge supporters to vote early.

Trump is slated to travel to Florida this afternoon for a campaign rally at The Villages, a massive retirement community The vice president will stump in Ohio and Pennsylvania , two swing states , on Friday. Live updates: Trump , Biden hit campaign trail with final presidential debate in the books.

By John Whitesides

a man standing in front of a television screen: People watch the second 2020 presidential campaign debate between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump at The Abbey Bar during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in West Hollywood © Reuters/MARIO ANZUONI People watch the second 2020 presidential campaign debate between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump at The Abbey Bar during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in West Hollywood

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will vote in his adopted home of Florida before holding campaign rallies in three swing states on Saturday, joining more than 53 million Americans who have cast early ballots at a record-setting pace ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

a person standing in front of a crowd: U.S. President Trump holds a campaign rally in Pensacola © Reuters/TOM BRENNER U.S. President Trump holds a campaign rally in Pensacola

Trump will vote in person in West Palm Beach, near his Mar-a-Lago estate, after switching his permanent residence and voter registration last year from New York to Florida, a must-win battleground for his re-election bid.

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The United States has hit nearly 70 percent of total early voting in 2016. Biden leads Trump by 11 Former president Barack Obama heads out on the campaign trail Wednesday for the first time this The coronavirus pandemic made her more fired up to vote in person, not less, because of Trump ’s

President Trump on Monday returned to the campaign trail for the first time since his coronavirus diagnosis, staging a rally in Florida . Biden noted that Fauci referred to Trump ’s Rose Garden event celebrating Barrett’s nomination “as a ‘superspreader How to vote : Find out the rules in your state .

Democratic rival Joe Biden and his wife Jill also will hit the campaign trail, traveling to the vital battleground of Pennsylvania for two events on Saturday. Former President Barack Obama will campaign in Florida, making his second campaign-trail appearance on behalf of his former vice president after a stop in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Joe Biden holding a sign: Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 in Wilmington, Delaware © Reuters/KEVIN LAMARQUE Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 in Wilmington, Delaware

With 10 days to go in the campaign, about 53.5 million Americans already have cast early ballots, a pace that could lead to the highest voter turnout in more than a century, according to data from the U.S. Elections Project.

The rush to vote is a sign of the intense interest in the contest between Trump and Biden, as well as concerns about avoiding crowded polling places on Election Day and reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19, which has killed more than 224,000 people across the United States.

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden went head - to - head in the first live TV debate on 29 September. We only had a couple of days to mull over the first debate before President Trump 's bombshell tweet in the early hours of 2 October revealed he and the first lady had tested positive for coronavirus.

President Donald Trump and rival Joe Biden begin a sprint through the final 11 days of the US presidential race Friday after battling over the COVID-19 US President Donald Trump (C) flanked by US First Lady Melania Trump (2nd R) and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (R) greets

Many states have expanded in-person early voting and mail-in ballots ahead of Election Day, as a safer way to vote during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump, who has regularly condemned mail-in voting without evidence as prone to fraud, even though experts say it is as safe as any other method, voted by mail in two elections since he switched his address to Florida, a presidential primary in March and a state election in August.

"I'm here to vote!" he told supporters at a rally in Pensacola on Friday night, one of two he held in the state.

On the campaign trail on Friday, Biden and Trump renewed their battle over Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden said Trump had given up on containing the virus, while Trump accused Biden of overstating the health crisis to scare Americans into voting for him.

a group of people standing next to a fence: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at The Villages Polo Club © Reuters/TOM BRENNER U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at The Villages Polo Club

Opinion polls show Biden leading Trump nationally, but the race is much closer in the crucial battleground states that will decide the election. Trump will head to three of those after voting, holding rallies in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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President Trump and Democrat Joe Biden hit the campaign trail with just 11 days left before election day after Trump will hold back-to-back rallies in the must-win state of Florida on Friday, while Biden will stay local and deliver Obama will continue stumping for Biden and head to Miami on Saturday.

Biden , on the other hand, has a clear path to 270 electoral votes without Florida . Biden has held 6 to 12 point leads in polls released this week from Michigan and Pennsylvania . It's been a state ravaged by the coronavirus, which has almost certainly contributed to Trump 's problems in the state .

a person standing in a parking lot: Lizzo takes part in a voting drive on behalf of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Detroit © Reuters/EMILY ELCONIN Lizzo takes part in a voting drive on behalf of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Detroit

Biden will turn his attention to Pennsylvania, where polls show him narrowly leading Trump in a state crucial to both of their candidacies. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released earlier this week showed Biden with a four percentage point advantage on Trump in the state, down from seven points the week before.

Biden will hold drive-in campaign rallies in Bucks County north of Philadelphia and Luzerne County near his birthplace of Scranton, where he will be joined by rocker Jon Bon Jovi. Trump handily won Luzerne County in 2016 over Democrat Hillary Clinton and barely lost to Clinton in Bucks County.

Biden will get some help again on Saturday from Obama, who will hold a drive-in rally in Miami. Obama, still a popular figure in the party nearly four years after leaving office, delivered a blistering attack on Trump's leadership when he made his 2020 campaign-trail debut in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

(Reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by William Mallard)

Florida maintains toss-up status while Biden leads slightly in Pennsylvania: POLL .
There's been little change from September in two critical swing states. There's little change in either state. In Florida, Donald Trump has 50% support among likely voters to Biden's 48%; it was 51%-47% in an ABC/Post poll Sept. 20. Trump won the state by 112,911 votes out of more than 9.4 million cast in 2016.

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