In the last days leading up to the US presidential election, leading candidates continue campaigning. Florida was in the spotlight on Thursday.
In all elections since 1996, the winning candidates in Florida have become presidents. The winner receives 29 of the 270 electoral votes required to be elected.
President Donald Trump begins his day with a rally in Tampa and then goes to an evening rally in North Carolina.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is meeting supporters in Broward County this afternoon and heading to an event in Tampa in the evening.
According to the average results of large polls according to Real Clear Politics, Trump is behind Biden in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, while candidates in Florida and North Carolina are almost on par.
Trump questioned the results of major polls on Wednesday, telling reporters in Las Vegas that the results in key states of his position are better than the polls show.
“The survey results are very good. You don’t see the real numbers, ”he said.
National polls show Biden is 7-8 percent ahead of Trump, but the gap is roughly half that in key states likely to determine the Electoral College vote.
An unprecedented number of Americans are seizing the opportunity to vote early this year. More than 76 million votes had already been cast by Thursday morning, more than half of the total turnout in 2016, when 138.8 million people voted.
About two-thirds of those who voted sent their ballots by mail, while the rest voted in early polling stations across the country.
Biden voted Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware, and Trump voted Saturday at a library in West Palm Beach, Florida, near his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Experts say turnout in this election may be the highest since 1908, when 65 percent of the country’s eligible voters voted.