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US election: Trump and Biden hold rallies in swing state Florida


President Donald Trump and Joe Biden were running dueling campaigns on the Florida home track for Election Day Thursday, and there was a stark contrast between the two as MAGA fans disregarded masks and packed in bleachers while Biden's supporters practiced social distancing by being away from theirs Cars cheered.

Trump spoke at a loud, crowded rally in Tampa, Florida Thursday afternoon to a sea of ​​hundreds of fans shouting and cheering in close proximity, ignoring the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

Democratic candidate Biden landed in Florida on Thursday, initially stopping at a drive-in rally at Broward College in Coconut Creek, where more than 100 fan-filled cars cheered and practiced social distancing.

Its crowd was significantly smaller than Trump's, but all were masked and deliberately kept their distance from one another to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

Later, at 6:30 p.m., Biden hosted a second socially distant rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. But the event was suspended about an hour later after a quick shower caused a heavy rain shower and Biden was wiped off the stage.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leaves the stage during a downpour after finishing off his remarks on a car campaign at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Oct. 29

Biden hosted two socially distant rallies in Florida on Thursday. The second in Tampa was interrupted after an hour due to heavy rain

Biden hosted two socially distant rallies in Florida on Thursday. The second in Tampa was interrupted after an hour due to heavy rain

According to the campaign, around 285 cars were in attendance for the rally, which ended early at 7:30 p.m.

A supporter stands in the rain as former Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during Thursday night's drive-in rally

A supporter stands in the rain as former Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during the drive-in rally Thursday night

During his second rally of the day in Tampa, Biden reiterated his criticism of Trump's handling of the coronavirus, and also denied his efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act

During his second rally of the day in Tampa, Biden reiterated his criticism of Trump's handling of the coronavirus, and also rejected his efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act

& # 39; You hold power. If Florida turns blue, it's over, ”Biden said to supporters in Tampa on Thursday

& # 39; You hold power. If Florida turns blue, it's over, ”Biden said to supporters in Tampa on Thursday

President Donald Trump and Joe Biden were running dueling campaigns on the Florida home track on Election Day Thursday, and there was a stark contrast between the two as MAGA fans disregarded masks and packed in bleachers while Biden's supporters practiced social distancing by being away from theirs Cars cheered. Trump and First Lady Melania arrive at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Thursday

President Donald Trump and Joe Biden were running dueling campaigns on the Florida home track for Election Day Thursday, and there was a stark contrast between the two as MAGA fans disregarded masks and packed in bleachers while Biden's supporters practiced social distancing by being away from theirs Cars cheered. Trump and First Lady Melania arrive at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Thursday

More than 100 fan-filled cars cheered and practiced social distancing at a drive-in rally for Biden at Broward College in Coconut Creek

More than 100 fan-filled cars cheered and practiced social distancing at a drive-in rally for Biden at Broward College in Coconut Creek

It's not clear how many people attended the Trump rally, but the campaign found that over 15,000 tickets were requested

It's not clear how many people attended the Trump rally, but the campaign found that over 15,000 tickets were requested

Trump's View: The stalls in Tampa, Florida were filled with fans waving signs and showing thumbs up to the president. Trump has ignored taking precautions against coronavirus at his rallies, despite the fact that he infected himself with the virus this month
In comparison, Biden's rally was significantly smaller and hosted a fraction of the fans with supporters waving and cheering from their parked cars

A story of two rallies: The stalls in Tampa, Florida were filled with fans waving signs and showing thumbs up to the president. Trump has ignored taking precautions against coronavirus at his rallies, despite the fact that he infected himself with the virus this month. In comparison, Biden's rally was significantly smaller and hosted a fraction of the fans with supporters waving and cheering from their parked cars

Trump came to the stadium and cheered his fans, especially without a mask. Biden, on the other hand, came to the rally with a mask and all participants in his event were seen wearing protective face coverings

Meanwhile, the MAGA rally in Tampa was held at the crowded Raymond James Stadium, where there were no rules enforcing masks or social distancing. The crowd was easily three times the number of attendees Biden had, but Trump has pushed coronavirus guidelines aside when hosting his events, while Biden has designed his guidelines to maintain social distance
A look at the drive-in campaign venue in the Broward College parking lot in Coconut Creek, Florida, above where the cars were separated and everyone was told to keep social distance and wear masks

The MAGA rally in Tampa was held at the crowded Raymond James Stadium, where there were no rules enforcing masks or social distancing. The crowd was easily three times the number of attendees Biden had, but Trump pushed coronavirus guidelines aside when hosting his events, while Biden designed his guidelines to maintain social distance. Biden's event took place in the parking lot of Broward College in Coconut Creek, Florida, where cars were separated from each other and everyone was encouraged to social distance and wear masks

Biden has held fewer face-to-face rallies and events, opting for virtual gatherings for months during the virus’s initial surge.

It's not clear how many people attended the Trump rally, but the campaign found that over 15,000 tickets were requested.

Several participants in Trump's rally passed out from the intense heat that reached the '90s and was compounded by crowds with people standing shoulder to shoulder. A fire truck sprinkled water on the crowd to cool the crowd.

The stakes are high in Florida and the coronavirus pandemic is at the forefront as the state has seen a massive spike in cases since it reopened a month ago.

With 29 votes, the state is an important asset in next Tuesday's elections.

For Trump, winning Florida is crucial to winning the electoral college. He beat Florida by a narrow 1.2 percentage points in 2016, beating Hillary Clinton.

For Trump, winning Florida is crucial to winning the electoral college. Trump beat Clinton by 1.2 percentage points in 2016

For Trump, winning Florida is crucial to winning the electoral college. Trump beat Clinton by 1.2 percentage points in 2016

According to the latest CNN polls, Biden is at the top with 49 percent, Trump with 45 percent

According to the latest CNN polls, Biden is at the top with 49 percent, Trump with 45 percent

Several participants in Trump's rally passed out from the intense heat that reached the '90s and was compounded by crowds with people standing shoulder to shoulder

Several participants in Trump's rally passed out from the intense heat that reached the '90s and was compounded by crowds with people standing shoulder to shoulder

Biden was seen speaking on a podium in front of his socially distant attendees, who wore masks and waved American flags from their cars at the drive-in rally in Coconut Creek, Florida Thursday afternoon

Biden was seen speaking on a podium in front of his socially distant attendees, who wore masks and waved American flags from their cars at the drive-in rally in Coconut Creek, Florida Thursday afternoon

More than 7 million Floridians have voted ahead of time in person or by mail and are fast approaching the 9.6 million votes cast in the 2016 presidential election.

According to the latest CNN polls, Biden is at the top with 49 percent, Trump with 45 percent.

In Trump's speech, he re-accused his Democratic opponent of trying to close the country as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in dozen of states, including Florida.

"Joe Biden's plan is to impose criminal bans. He will ban you," Trump said.

Trump promised his fans that America would return from the coronavirus crisis, which has already killed more than 228,000 people.

“Do you know the bottom line? You will get better, ”he said.

Many Trump supporters choose not to wear protective face masks or practice social distancing at the Tampa MAGA rally
Biden supporters came to Florida for the Coconut Creek rally wearing masks and were stationed in their own cars to avoid the COVID-19 from becoming overcrowded and potentially spread

Many Trump supporters chose not to wear protective face masks or practice social distancing at the Tampa MAGA rally. Meanwhile, Biden supporters came to Florida with masks for the Coconut Creek rally and were stationed in their own cars to avoid the COVID-19 from becoming overcrowded and potentially spreading

What social distancing? It's not clear how many people attended the Trump rally, but the campaign found that over 15,000 tickets were requested. The guests were seen shoulder to shoulder, while at Biden's rally everyone was forced to keep a clear distance from one another.
Speaking of the virus, Biden said, “I'm not going to close the economy. I will not close the country. But I will turn off the virus. & # 39;

What social distancing? It's not clear how many people attended the Trump rally, but the campaign found that over 15,000 tickets were requested. The guests were seen shoulder to shoulder, while at Biden's rally everyone was forced to keep a clear distance from one another. Speaking of the virus, Biden said, “I'm not going to close the economy. I will not close the country. But I will turn off the virus. & # 39;

A view of Trump supporters in MAGA gear at his rally in Tampa on Thursday
A view of Biden supporters sitting on their cars carrying American flags and Easter on top at the drive-in event in Coconut Creek

Front row seats: At Trump's rally, fans were crammed into close proximity, while Biden's crowd was scattered with fans sitting on their vehicles

Biden has held fewer face-to-face rallies and events, opting for virtual gatherings for months during the virus’s initial surge

Biden has held fewer face-to-face rallies and events, opting for virtual gatherings for months during the virus’s initial surge

Trump and First Lady Melania established a united front and both spoke at the election freeze on Thursday in Tampa

Trump and First Lady Melania established a united front and both spoke at the election freeze on Thursday in Tampa

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate, speaks briefly to media representatives before boarding his plane at Tampa International Airport

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate, speaks briefly to media representatives before boarding his plane at Tampa International Airport

During his second rally of the day in Tampa, Biden reiterated his criticism of Trump's handling of the coronavirus, and also denied his efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act

During his second rally of the day in Tampa, Biden reiterated his criticism of Trump's handling of the coronavirus, and also denied his efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act

Biden supporters can be seen in the picture above wearing Biden / Harris face masks as they listen to the former Vice President

Biden supporters can be seen wearing Biden / Harris face masks in the picture above while listening to the former Vice President

Several speakers attended the drive-in rally before the Democratic presidential candidate arrived

Several speakers attended the drive-in rally before the Democratic presidential candidate arrived

Biden was forced to prematurely finish his speech at a car conference at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa after a brief shower turned into a heavy downpour

Biden was forced to finish his speech early on a car campaign at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa after a quick shower turned into a heavy downpour

Florida has the third most common cases of COVID-19 in the country, reporting 4,198 additional infections on Thursday, bringing the state's total to 794,624.

There were also 77 new virus-related deaths on Thursday, bringing the death toll to 16,648.

At the rally, Trump again accused Biden and his family of being criminals and led his fans to "sing for another four years" and "lock him up".

In Biden's speech, he denigrated Trump's handling of the virus, saying, "Donald Trump waved the white flag, left our families and surrendered to this virus."

He promised to listen to scientific and medical experts to fight the virus and stressed that he would not close the country as Trump claims.

“I'm not going to close the economy. I will not close the country. But I'll turn the virus off, ”he said.

During his second rally of the day in Tampa, Biden reiterated his criticism of Trump's handling of the coronavirus, and also denied his efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

He also followed up on the president for holding a previous rally in Tampa without following social distancing guidelines to prevent the virus from spreading.

Biden said Trump "just had another superspreader event here," but added: "He's spreading more than just the virus – he's spreading division and discord."

"We need a president who brings us together, not pulls us apart," he continued. "The heart and soul of this country are at stake."

Several speakers attended the drive-in rally before the Democratic presidential candidate arrived.

According to the campaign, around 285 cars were present.

"You hold power." Biden told the followers on Thursday. "When Florida turns blue, it's over."

Trump fans came out in full force in Tampa. This supporter painted his car with the words "Patriots 4 Trump" and was holding a series of MAGA flags.
At Biden's rally, fans decorated their cars with posters and flags from "Florida for Biden"

Trump fans came out full force in Tampa. This supporter painted his car with the words "Patriots 4 Trump" (left) and was holding a series of MAGA flags. At Biden's rally, fans decorated their cars with "Florida for Biden" posters and flags (right)

Trump and Melania smiled on stage before delivering his speech to a crowd

Trump and Melania smiled on stage before delivering his speech to a crowd

Several participants in the MAGA rally passed out from the intense heat in the 1990s and a fire engine sprayed water on site to cool the fans down

Several participants in the MAGA rally passed out from the intense heat in the 1990s and a fire engine sprayed water on site to cool the fans down

Biden came to the rally with his granddaughter Natalie Biden on Thursday

Biden came to the rally with his granddaughter Natalie Biden on Thursday

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