With three more US states opened early voting polling Wednesday, President Donald Trump decided to stage another rally to cover for the time lost on the campaign trail to his coronavirus fight.
Following the US Elections Project at the University of Florida, over 13 million Americans have cast ballots. This marks an early record rate. On Election Day, Nov. 3, many aim to escape the huge crowds expected.
By Oct. 16, 2016, about 1.4 million Americans had cast early ballots in the last presidential election.
Around two dozen people turned up to secure spots in line over two hours before polling opened in Memphis, Tennessee. This is according to local media, as voting began in Kansas, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.
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Gwinnett County election officials confirmed delays of up to three hours to cast early ballots on Wednesday in Georgia. Long queues were snaked out of polling sites and along sidewalks on the first two days of early voting this week.
Early voting underway
A damaged cable line forced the state’s website to crash on Tuesday, the last scheduled day of registration. However, a US District Court judge delayed voter registration in Virginia through Thursday.
The Republican Trump is trailing Democrat Joe Biden in national and important state opinion polls. Meanwhile, he will stage a rally at Des Moines, Iowa, airport. Biden has a virtual fundraiser and gave pre-recorded speeches to a Muslim support organization.
Trump and Biden would now engage in tv town hall duels. Besides, they were scheduled to have a second presidential debate on Thursday. Moreover, to avoid the contagion, NBC News reported Trump’s event in Miami would take place outdoors.
The Biden ABC News event will hold in Philadelphia.
Biden Widens Lead
Trump appears to spend a ton of the week working to galvanize his white, conservative supporters, rather than specifically speaking to undecided voters, several of which reside in the suburbs.
On Thursday, he will travel to Greenville in rural North Carolina. This is a tightly contested state where early voting will begin that day. Later, he will visit rural Georgia and central Florida the following day.
Reuters / Ipsos polls out this week found that Biden was expanding his lead in the key states of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania – Trump captured in 2016.
With hospitalizations at an all-time peak, Iowa is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases. Republican Governor Kim Reynolds has opposed any statewide containment efforts such as a requirement to wear masks and encouraged Trump supporters on social media to come out in masse for the president.
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