Early voting began that Monday in Florida, the most populous of the key states in the US election and where Donald Trump and Joe Biden run head-to-head in the polls, which creates the chills in case the election is very close.
A fortnight before the November 3 elections, the Republican president visited Arizona, another highly coveted state, as part of the marathon series of events that began a week after ensuring that he was “cured” of covid-19.
In this territory where he won in 2016 – but in which polls now place him behind Democrat Biden – Trump promised to rescue the economy hit by the coronavirus and criticized his opponent for pretending “that the socialists champion in our country. country”.
“You are fortunate that I am your president,” the conservative mogul launched into his followers, most without masks and without keeping social distance at an outdoor rally in Prescott, north of Phoenix.
The former Democratic vice president, on his side, had no appointment on his agenda and, according to the press, he dedicated the day to preparing for the final debate on Thursday. Who did travel to Florida was his running mate, Kamala Harris, back on the road after a four-day break due to covid cases in her environment.
The battle is being played out in all eight or nine swinging states, but perhaps nowhere as intensely as in Florida, which casts 29 Electoral College votes, deemed crucial to getting the 270 needed to reach the White House.
Aware that he cannot lose in this territory where he won tightly in 2016, Trump multiplied his actions there and shortened Biden’s advantage in two polls conducted by institutes considered more favorable to the Republicans.
The Democrat, who traveled to Florida three times to court retirees especially, has a 1.4-point lead on average against 4.5 two weeks ago.
Already in the morning, many masked voters lined up in front of the Miami Beach mayor’s office.
“I’ve been waiting four years to vote,” said Jackeline Maurice, a woman in her 40s who took selfies in front of the mayor’s office with the “I voted” sticker.
Meanwhile, in Hialeah, a mostly Cuban town in west Miami, Ulysses Liriano was queuing to vote for Trump, like many others in a long line surrounding the building.
“Trump has made a lot of change for us in our country. He has helped a lot with the economy,” said the 51-year-old, who wore a cap with the American flag.
Referring to the pandemic, he added: “It was an inconvenience what happened now with corona and they want to use that against him. What else do you want me to do? (…) There have been more than 200,000 people dead. But what if there were have there been more? “
More than 2.5 million Floridians, out of an electorate of 15 million, have already voted by mail, the vast majority registered as Democrats.
For this reason, the face-to-face early voting will be closely watched, since it is expected that this is the moment when the Republicans, who distrust the post office, will begin to vote.
Even despite the pandemic, early voting breaks records in states where it has already started.
‘All those idiots’
More than 28 million Americans nationwide have already voted by mail or in person. That amount could represent nearly a fifth of the total turnout, according to the independent Elections Project.
It is the Democrats who urge to vote en masse before November 3 as a precautionary measure for the pandemic.
In contrast, the Trump camp denounces, without showing evidence, that the Democrats seek to “fix” the results and promises that their voters will go en masse to the polls on election day in order to deny the polls that consider their candidate defeated .
The president is lagging behind in polls nationally and in most states that are decisive for victory.
In a phone conversation with members of his campaign team, Trump once again attacked Anthony Fauci, a highly respected member of his own coronavirus crisis unit, on Monday.
People “are fed up, fed up with listening to Fauci and all those idiots,” said the president, at a time when the pandemic kills almost 220,000 in the United States.
“If we had listened to it, we would have had 700,000 or 800,000 dead,” he said, according to US media that had access to this conversation.
On the other hand, the Democrats have made their respect for the virus one of the axes of their campaign against Trump’s controversial management, described by Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, at his rally in Orlando as “the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of the United States. “
Biden, who will face Trump on Thursday in his final debate, also stressed this Monday on the need for change.
“Together we can end the last four years of darkness, division and chaos,” he wrote on his Twitter account, followed by more than 11 million users. “We can unite, heal our wounds and begin to heal,” he added.