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Election 2020: Trump, Biden hold dueling Florida rallies

The candidates are running a tight race in the key battleground state.
Image: President Donald Trump and Joe Biden on a background of concentric circles made up of blue and red stars.
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President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are holding dueling rallies on Thursday in the key battleground state of Florida, where polls show a virtual tie.

Trump and Biden held events earlier in the day in Tampa and Coconut Creek, respectively. Biden will also traveled to Tampa later in the day for remarks that were cut short due to rain.

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Florida poll: Biden holds lead among likely voters

A new Monmouth University poll shows Biden maintaining his lead in Florida. Similar to the Georgia poll released by Monmouth on Wednesday, Biden leads with 50 percent, compared to Trump’s 45 percent among likely voters.

The former vice president’s lead is nearly identical to the September poll conducted by Monmouth. The lead can be accounted for by the increased Democratic support among younger voters and the widening gender gap.

The president recently made the state of Florida his home, casting his own ballot there earlier this month. However, he has a smaller lead with his key demographic of white voters than he did in 2016 against Hillary Clinton. The Democrats maintain a lead with voters of color.

According to Monmouth, more than half of registered voters in Florida have cast their ballots, with Biden maintaining his lead with this group. Trump leads among those who haven't voted yet. 

Biden vows to pass LGBTQ rights legislation in first 100 days

Joe Biden has promised to make passing the LGBTQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act a top priority, hoping to sign what would be a landmark civil rights law within 100 days should he win Tuesday’s election.

Biden, a leading voice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights as vice president under Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, also pledged in an interview with the Philadelphia Gay News to expand queer rights internationally by making equality a centerpiece of U.S. diplomacy should he win the election and assume office in January.

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Long, maskless lines for Trump's Tampa Rally

Poll: 58 percent of voters believe Trump's campaign has taken too many Covid-19 risks

Fifty-eight percent of voters believe Trump's presidential campaign has taken too many risks when it comes to precautions during the coronavirus outbreak, while 59 percent believe Biden's campaign has handled things about right, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov survey released Thursday.

In contrast, 22 percent think Biden's campaign has been too cautious — a criticism that Trump has frequently tried to level at the former vice president.

Trump has continued to hold large in-person campaign rallies where many of his supporters do not wear masks. Biden has done limited traveling and held only a handful of in-person events, including car rallies that keep people separated.

Five percent of Democratic voters who responded to the survey said Biden's campaign has been too cautious, whereas 43 percent of Republican voters hold that view.

The survey found that 88 percent of Democratic voters believe Trump's campaign has taken too many risks, while only 15 percent of Republican voters hold that view. Sixty-seven percent of Republican voters  said Trump's campaign has handled things about right when it comes to coronavirus precautions.

The survey of 1,000 registered voters was conducted between Oct. 23 and Oct. 27 and has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

Those who didn't vote in 2016 are showing up early in droves — and more are Democrats

With early voting totals smashing records on a daily basis, Democrats are leading with a key constituency — those who did not, or could not, vote in 2016.

So far, more than 20 percent of the early vote nationwide has come from these voters, according to data from NBC News Decision Desk/TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm.

With 77 million having already cast early votes — a number that the Decision Desk projects could hit 100 million by Tuesday's election — more than 17.5 million of those votes have come from voters who passed on voting in 2016 or were not yet eligible to vote.

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Four former secretaries of homeland security — Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, Janet Napolitano and Jeh Johnson — formed a nonpartisan organization to champion the integrity of U.S. elections. TODAY's Savannah Guthrie spoke with them in their only joint interview, in which they stressed that voter fraud is very rare, warned about Russian interference, and urged voters to be patient for results in the 2020 election.

Wisconsin GOP says hackers stole $2.3 million from Trump re-election effort

Hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party's account that was being used to help re-elect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party's chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The party noticed the suspicious activity on Oct. 22 and contacted the FBI on Friday, said Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt.

Hitt said the FBI is investigating. FBI spokesman Leonard Peace did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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Biden campaign outlines Latino outreach in press call

Ahead of Joe Biden’s trip to Florida, his campaign’s Latino outreach team held a press briefing call with reporters to outline their efforts and last-minute push to win over a community that historically has had low turnout elections.

The team projected confidence that they had invested enough to target Latinos across the country and said internal polling shows that they are on track to meet or exceed President Barack Obama’s Latino vote numbers in 2012.

They touted a “strong, steady” and consistent lead among Latinos that they believe can help push Biden to the finish line, and poured cold water on “head-scratching” polls showing President Donald Trump leading among Latinos in Florida.

They noted that Biden’s visit to Florida is the best way for him to add credibility to his record. His visit to Fort Lauderdale and Tampa are strategic, Florida state director Christian Ulvert said, because they are seeing increased enthusiasm for Biden in pivotal Broward and Hillsborough Counties, respectively.

The campaign also outlined how it has reached voters throughout the past year, informing them on how to return their ballots and engaging them in Florida and Arizona as they head to the polls.

Pelosi expresses confidence Biden will win, calls Trump's Covid-19 response 'sinful'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that the U.S. is at a "fork in the road" as it faces a worsening pandemic and suggested that the Trump administration's response to Covid-19 has been "sinful." 

At her weekly press conference, Pelosi said that she believes that Biden will be elected president. 

"I feel very confident Joe Biden will be elected president on Tuesday,” Pelosi said. "While we don't want to be overconfident or assume anything, we have to be ready to go down a different path.”

Reacting to Trump's latest message to suburban women about getting husbands back to work, Pelosi said, "What decade is he living in — what century is he living in?” 

On the possibility of a stimulus deal, the speaker said that she hopes to pass one in the lame-duck congressional session after the election so that if Biden is elected, he comes to office with a clean slate for his first 100 days.

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