President Donald Trump leaves the polling station after casting his vote at the Palm Beach County Public Library on October 24, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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President Donald Trump cast his early election in West Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday morning as the 2020 presidential campaign enters its final week and tens of millions of Americans have already voted.
Trump left the West Palm Library electoral area wearing a mask.
"I voted for a man named Trump," he told reporters. The President then reiterated his unsubstantiated assertion that voting in person was safer than voting by post.
With just about 10 days to go until the November 3rd election, more than 56 million Americans cast their votes early, about 38.6 million by mail and about 17.5 million in person, according to the US election project. The turnout is already 40.6% of the 2016 elections.
Many states have expanded mail-in voting this year for health reasons in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump's repeated attacks on mail-in polls can affect the behavior of his supporters.
Not every state reports registration dates for parties, but the numbers show that Democrats endorsed voting via email, while Republicans are catching up on in-person votes after an early vote.
The Republicans so far represent 39.8% of the personal preliminary votes, while the Democrats represent 37.9% according to the US election project. Democrats make up 45.8% of postal ballots and Republicans make up 37.3%.
Trump left Florida to reach a full rally schedule in Lumberton, North Carolina. Circleville, Ohio; and Waukesha, Wisconsin. Tomorrow Trump will speak at another rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The president's rallies have raised concern among public health experts who fear they could become super-spreader events as coronavirus cases already hit daily records as the nation enters winter, the most dangerous time of year for transmission of Viruses, starts.
The Trump campaign provides attendees with temperature checks, masks, and hand sanitizer, although many of the president's supporters do not wear masks at the rallies.
Joe Biden's campaign criticized Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic ahead of his rally in Wisconsin, a state that has been particularly hard hit by record hospitals in recent weeks.
"Just this week, 47 Wisconsinites lost their lives in a single day, and the sad truth is it didn't have to be that bad," said the Biden-Harris campaign. "President Trump knew the severity of this virus and couldn't tell the American people the truth."
The Trump campaign defended the president's record, highlighting the travel restrictions imposed on China at the start of the pandemic and the government's efforts to rapidly develop a vaccine.
More than 224,000 people in the United States have died from the virus and more than 8.5 million have been infected.
Biden and his wife Jill will be running campaigns in Pennsylvania, a major swing state, on Saturday hosting socially distant drive-in events.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden arrive in Bristol, Pennsylvania, for a car campaign on October 24, 2020 at Bucks County Community College.
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