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Trump Casts Vote in Florida Before Hitting Campaign Trail

Voice of America
25 Oct 2020, 06:05 GMT+10

U.S. President Donald Trump cast his ballot for the November 3 presidential election in his adopted home state of Florida Saturday, while his Democratic challenger Joe Biden spends the day focusing on the key swing state of Pennsylvania.

Trump, who switched his official residence from New York to Florida last year, voted early in the day in West Palm Beach after spending the night at his nearby Mar-a-Lago resort.

"It was a very secure vote. Everything was perfect," Trump told reporters as he left the Palm Beach county library, which serves as a polling location. "It's an honor to be voting."

Asked whom he voted for, the president said, "I voted for a guy named Trump."

The president then traveled to Lumberton, North Carolina, for a campaign rally. He was also to hold rallies in Circleville, Ohio, and Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Saturday.

Trump spoke in North Carolina as the United States on Friday hit a daily record of coronavirus cases with 83,757.

"In some ways it's good. In many ways it's foolish. In many ways it's foolish," Trump said of increased COVID-19 testing. "Cases are up. If we tested half, cases would be half."

Biden, meanwhile, held a drive-in event in Bucks County, a suburban Philadelphia county that Hillary Clinton captured by a slim margin in 2016, and in nearby Luzerne County.  Former President Barack Obama won Luzerne County twice before voters there cast ballots overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016.

On coronavirus, the former vice president warned, "There's going to be a dark winter ahead unless we change our way."

Biden's campaign also planned to seek voter support Saturday in the key state of Florida, with Obama holding a drive-in rally in North Miami on behalf of his former vice president.

Although the presidential election is less than two weeks away, more than 52 million people have already voted. Another 100 million or so are expected to cast ballots before a winner is declared.

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