MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Early voting in the Sunshine State kicked off to a record-breaking start this week and President Donald Trump will join the millions of Floridians in early voting this weekend.
President Trump voted early Saturday morning at the Palm Beach County Library in West Palm Beach.
Trump arrived in Florida on Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. He flew into Ocala and held a rally in Central Florida at The Villages, a massive Central Florida retirement community that is a regular stop for GOP candidates.
During his campaign stop at The Villages, the president remarked:
“I see you driving around in those beautiful golf carts. The most beautiful carts. I want to get one. I’m going to get a golf cart like that but you have the best and you’re always fighting for me and I’m always fighting for you,” the president told seniors Friday.
“Kamala won’t be president – we’re not going to have a female socialist president.”
“By the way, Kamala will not be your first female president. She will not be your first female president. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be.”
He was expected to go from The Villages to Pensacola for an evening rally in a region that typically provides large margins for Republicans.
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Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence, is also coming to Florida on Saturday.
Pence will be campaigning in Lakeland and Tallahassee.
Pence is slated to appear at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakeland International Airport and then will hold a rally at 6:30 p.m. at Tallahassee International Airport, the Trump campaign announced Thursday.
Meantime, former President Barack Obama will be in Miami Saturday to campaign on behalf of former Vice President Joe Biden and runningmate US Senator Kamala Harris.
Obama is scheduled to speak at an event at Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus. It will be a drive-in car rally in North Miami. It’s a city with a 60% black population according to the latest Census numbers.
“What I’ve consistently tried to communicate during this year is, particularly when I’m talking to young brothers, is to acknowledge to them that government and voting alone isn’t going to change everything,” Obama said.
The Biden campaign has not announced where the Obama event will be held, only revealing it will be a drive-in car rally in North Miami.
Obama shared his support of the Biden-Harris ticket in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Joe Biden is also back on the campaign trail Friday. Biden will deliver a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, about COVID-19 and the economy.
He also criticized the president’s handling of COVID-19.
“We’re more than 8 months into this crisis and the president still doesn’t have a plan. He’s given up. He’s quit on you. He’s quit on your family. He’s quit on America,” Biden said.
Florida is a key state in the presidential election. Polls indicate Trump and Biden are in a toss-up race in Florida
As of Friday night, Miami-Dade and Broward have seen a third of registered voters cast ballots.
“It’s highly likely that we are going to know who won Florida by early Wednesday morning,” CBS News Election Law Expert David Becker said.
Trump won Florida and its 29 electoral votes in 2016 by 113,000 votes, and the state is considered a must-win if Trump is to secure re-election.