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Trump casts early-vote ballot in Florida

US President Donald Trump on Saturday cast an early vote in the presidential election in his adopted home state of Florida.

Washington, 24 October 2020 (dpa/MIA) – US President Donald Trump on Saturday cast an early vote in the presidential election in his adopted home state of Florida.

“JUST VOTED. A great honor!” he tweeted.

Trump cast his ballot in Palm Beach, near his Mar-a-Lago estate. Last year, he changed his primary residence from New York to Florida, where he is now registered to vote.

The president held two rallies in Florida on Friday as he seeks to boost his re-election chances.

It is his latest in several recent trips to the Sunshine State, which is one of the key battlegrounds likely to shape the outcome of the November 3 election.

Florida is seen as a must-win for Trump if he is to win a second term, but polls suggest he is currently slightly behind Democratic rival Joe Biden.

The Republican president narrowly won the state in 2016.

Biden is leading in national polls, though the race is tighter in key swing states.

Former president Barack Obama was also due in Florida on Saturday to campaign on Biden’s behalf.

Trump joins over 50 million Americans to have already voted early, with 10 days to go until election day.

According to data from the US Elections Project, early voting has already eclipsed the total number of votes cast in the 2016 pre-election period.

Vice President Mike Pence cast his early-vote ballot in Indianapolis on Friday.

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