US election 2020: Trump casts early ballot in Florida
- The US president voted in his adopted home of Florida before hitting the campaign trail for rallies in three swing states
- More than 54 million Americans have now cast early ballots to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus
“I voted for a guy named Trump,” he told reporters after casting his ballot.
With 10 days to go in the campaign, about 54.2 million Americans have already cast early ballots, a pace that could lead to the highest voter turnout in more than a century, according to data from the US Elections Project.
The US set a single-day record of more than 84,000 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with the spike in infections hitting battlegrounds including Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Many states have expanded in-person early voting and mail-in ballots as a safer way to vote during the pandemic.
Final US presidential debate for Trump and Biden covers Covid-19, China and ‘thug’ Kim
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.
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.
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 over Trump in the state, down from seven points the week before.
Biden will hold drive-in 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.