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Melania Trump votes in Florida on Election Day
First lady Melania Trump cast her vote in Palm Beach, Florida, on Election Day. Florida is a battleground state.
First lady Melania Trump has cast her ballot in Palm Beach County, Florida.
The first lady, 50, voted in-person where she is registered on Tuesday, Election Day, at around 10 a.m. local time.
In a video shared by West Palm Beach’s NBC-affiliated television station WPTV-TV, Trump is seen arriving at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center to vote.
The first lady was wearing a white dress with a gold chain pattern, sunglasses and pumps. Her hair was styled in a low up-do and she carried a large purse. She did not have on a face mask, but security surrounding her did.
Her face was serious except for a quick smile and wave to reporters and photographers as she walked by them.
On her way back out, she stopped briefly for photos and spoke to reporters, saying she was feeling “great,” according to the pool report.
When asked why she didn’t vote with her husband last week, she said, “It’s Election Day, so I wanted to come here to vote today for the election.”
President Donald Trump voted early during a visit to Florida on Saturday. Trump moved his official address from New York to battleground Florida last year.
Trump told reporters after leaving the voting location that it was “an honor” to be voting and that he cast a “very secure vote.”
“I voted for a guy named Trump,” he said.
On Oct. 12, Democrats led Republican in overall votes nationally, 55% to 34%, according to TargetSmart, but Republicans have narrowed the advantage each day since.
In Florida, Democrats accounted for 40% of the state’s 8.3 million early votes, Republicans made up 38% and voters with no party affiliation 21%, the U.S. Elections Project found. Democrats returned 46% of the state’s absentee ballots, while Republicans returned 31%. The numbers flipped for in-person voting: 46% for Republicans and 32% for Democrats.
On Monday, in a last dash along the campaign trail, Trump delivered a version of her stump speech in Huntersville, North Carolina, praising the president’s leadership on the coronavirus pandemic while pouring scorn on Democrat Joe Biden’s record over four decades in public life.
“On Tuesday, I am asking that you continue to put your trust in our president,” she told a crowd of 250-300 masked supporters outdoors at Magnolia Woods, a popular wedding venue near Lake Norman, according to the White House pool report.
“We’ve had three and a half years of winning. Let’s have another four,” she said as the crowd cheered.
Before the speech, a Huntersville police officer who was part of the first lady’s motorcade was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after being involved in a collision with another vehicle, local police said. Authorities said there was no threat to Melania Trump or anyone else in the motorcade.
Contributing: John Fritze, Joey Garrison and Maria Puente, USA TODAY
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