Trump to cast vote in Florida before campaigning in three swing states
WASHINGTON (US) – Joining 53 million Americans who have cast their vote, President Donald Trump will cast his ballot in Florida before travelling to three swing states on Saturday to hold rallies.
The president will cast his vote in person in West Palm Beach, near his Mar-a-Lago estate. He had switched his permanent residence and voter registration from New York to Florida last year and the state remains a must-win battleground in his bid to get re-elected.
His rival and Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his wife Jill will visit the key battleground of Pennsylvania on Saturday for two events. Former president Barack Obama will campaign on behalf of his former vice president in Florida after a stop in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
As many as 53.5 million Americans already have cast early ballots, and this could be the highest voter turnout in a century, said data from the US Elections Project.
The huge turnout is the sign of more interest in the fight between Trump and Biden as well as concerns over crowded polling places on Election Day to avoid the risk of infection.
Trump has always condemned mail-in ballots as prone to fraud although he has not cited evidence. Experts say that it is a very safe way compared to any other method. But the president himself has voted by mail in two elections since he changed his residence to Flordia- a presidential primary in March and a state election in August.
“I’m here to vote!” he said at a rally in Pensacola on Friday night.
On Friday Biden said Trump had given up efforts to stem the spread of the pandemic while the president accused him of overstating the health crisis to scare Americans and prompt them to vote for him.
Trump will hold rallies in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Biden will focus on Pennsylvania, where polls show him narrowly leading Trump. The state is crucial for both candidates.
Biden will conduct drive-in campaign rallies in Bucks County north of Philadelphia and Luzerne County near his birthplace of Scranton. There he will be joined by rocker Jon Bon Jovi. Trump won Luzerne County in the 2016 election over Democrat Hillary Clinton and barely lost to her in Bucks County.
Despite leaving office four years ago, Obama is still a popular figure in the party and he will hold a drive-in rally in Miami. He delivered a blistering attack on Trump’s leadership during his campaign in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.