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“I voted for a guy named Trump,” the president joked after casting his vote in advance in a key state for the November 3 elections.

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has voted in advance this Saturday morning in a library in West Palm Beach, Florida, near his Mar-a-Lago mansion, and has taken the opportunity to incite an unfounded fear of voting by mail. “This is a very safe vote. Much more than when you do it by mail. I can tell you that. Everything was perfect, very strict, according to the rules. When you do it by mail, it cannot be so safe ”, he has told the journalists who accompany him.

The Republican candidate has toured the polling place with a mask and accompanied by Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, Wendy Sartory Link. “I voted for a guy named Trump,” he joked as he left. After casting his vote, the president has boarded Air Force One to continue his campaign agenda that this Saturday will take him to three states that will be key if he wants to win on November 3: North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin. “We are going to make three stops today. Three big events ”, he affirmed.

In previous elections, the president had sent his voting ballot through the postal service, but this time he has decided to do it in person, in a year in which, without offering evidence, he has sown doubts of fraud about voting by mail, an alternative especially helpful in the midst of the pandemic in which more than 220,000 Americans have lost their lives.

Trump was able to vote in Florida after in December 2019 he transferred his tax residence to that state from New York, the place where he was born and where he lived before becoming president. As he said then, New York political leaders, who are Democrats, treated him “very badly” despite having paid “millions of dollars in taxes.” Unlike in that State, Florida does not pay income or inheritance taxes.

With 29 of the 270 electoral votes that any candidate needs to win the elections in the United States, Florida is the pendulum state with the greatest electoral weight and the most disputed. Joe Biden is just 1.5 points ahead of Trump here, according to the average of US polls. Real Clear Politics, but some of them give the president as the winner. Trump, who for more than a month has been making a monthly visit to the state in which he has his residence, wants to repeat his victory in 2016, when he beat Hillary Clinton by 1.2 points of difference and less than 113,000 votes.

The Republican candidate will not be the only one to be in Florida this Saturday. His vice president, Mike Pence, has two campaign events planned: one in the state capital, Tallahasee, and another in Lakeland, in the center of the peninsula. For his part, former President Barack Obama will campaign for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at a rally in the parking lot of Florida International University in North Miami, an area with a majority of African-American and Haitian-origin populations, one of the many migrant communities of Miami.

Early voting was inaugurated in Florida last Monday and, as has happened in other states, a record of participation is being registered. In just over five days and with more than a week to go before the official election date, more than 5.2 million citizens have voted, almost 40% of registered voters.

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