US President Donald Trump launched a lightning campaign in three states after casting his vote in Florida.
Trump will hold three events in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin on Saturday as he seeks to mobilize voters against his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
Biden, who has been a steady lead in national polls, is campaigning in Pennsylvania, another major state.
About 57 million Americans have so far voted, which is a record number.
The Republican president continued to organize rallies despite the increase in Coronavirus infections, especially the Midwest, which will be a major battleground for the electoral battle.
Speaking in Lumberton, North Carolina, on Saturday, Trump said that “the Corona epidemic in the United States is exaggerated and mocked his Democratic opponent because he issued warnings of a bleak winter.”
On the other hand, Biden held a car rally in Bucks County in Pennsylvania, where he told his supporters: “We do not want to become superpowers of infection.”
With only ten days left until the election, Joe Biden has an eight-point lead in the national polls over Donald Trump.
But the race is raging in several important swing states.
How did Trump vote and where?
Trump voted Saturday morning in a library in West Palm Beach, Florida, near the Mar-a-Lago resort.
“I voted for a man named Trump,” he told reporters after the vote.
Florida has always been the key to winning the US election and the president was campaigning there on Friday. Early voting centers opened in Florida at the weekend.
Trump changed his permanent residence from New York to Florida last year, and this is the first time that he has voted at a polling station since he was registered on the voter roll in Florida. And earlier this year, he voted by mail in the state primaries.
In his pursuit of a second term, Trump repeated his complaint that voting by mail is vulnerable to fraud, while experts say Trump’s claim is wrong, so there is no link between voting by mail and vote rigging.
How are the campaigns going?
Most of the US states lean heavily toward one party or another, so presidential candidates usually focus on about 12 states so that any of them can win. These states are known as swing states.
Over the next few days, Trump will hold events in several of these states. After his flash appearances in three states on Saturday, including one at midnight in Waukesha, the president will make an appearance in New Hampshire on Sunday.
He is then set to appear in two rallies in Pennsylvania on Monday, before making his way to Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska on Tuesday.
And in North Carolina on Saturday, the president said increased testing for the coronavirus is “good” but also “very foolish” because it has increased the number of cases across the country.
He also claimed that the United States might have already had a vaccine for the Coronavirus “had it not been for politics.”