Trump predicting “red wave” of voting in Ocala rally

President delivered hour and a half high-energy campaign event

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October 17, 2020 - 6:01 am
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his campaign event at the Ocala International Airport on October 16, 2020 in Ocala, Florida. President Trump continues to campaign against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with 18 days until Election Day.

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OCALA – President Donald Trump is predicting a “red wave” of Republican voting in Florida.

In front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 7,000 at Ocala International Airport, the president went after his opponent’s family and defended his efforts to contain the pandemic on Friday.

With early voting starting Monday in Florida, Trump did hours-long rallies in Ft. Meyers, Ocala and Macon, Georgia in a bid to capture two key southeastern states.

Trump in Ocala predicted a “red wave” of Republican voting, “the likes of which they’ve never seen before.”

He said in 18 days “we’re going to win the state of Florida. We’re going to win the White House.” Trump won Florida in 2016.

The Ocala event marks the second time the president has visited Central Florida this week. On Monday, Trump held a campaign rally in Sanford. His son, Donald Trump Jr. will hold a MAGA rally Saturday in Ormond Beach.

The president derided the Bidens as “an organized crime family,” renewing his daily claims about the candidate’s son Hunter, and his business dealings in Ukraine and China.

More to the point for Trump’s Marion County audience, he spoke directly to seniors who have been at higher risk from the pandemic.

“I am moving heaven and earth to safeguard our seniors from the China virus,” Trump said, offering an optimistic assessment of the pandemic, as the summer surge of new infections has eased in Florida.

“We are prevailing,” the president said, promising to deliver the first doses of a vaccine to seniors when it’s ready.

Most polls show a close presidential race in Florida, an important battleground state that both the Republican incumbent and Democrat Joe Biden are courting heavily.

According to the Florida Division of elections, there are 14,065,627 registered voters for the 2020 election. That is up more than a million from 12,959,185 registered voters in 2016.

State records also show there are 264,614 registered voters in Marion County, where the president will hold his rally. State records show in 2016, there were 230,841 registered voters in Marion.

The Marion County Supervisor of Elections Office said that 89,983 voters requested a mail-in ballot and 44,632 have already returned them.

 

AP reporting contributed to this report

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