The majority of voters in Florida, a crucial swing state for Donald Trump‘s victory on Tuesday, have already cast their ballots taking either early or absentee measures to vote by mail or in-person ahead of Election Day.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday shows 60 per cent of voters in Florida have already cast their ballots while only 32 per cent in Pennsylvania, another key battleground state, have done so.
With 29 Electoral College votes, Florida is the most influential of the 2020 swing states – and having gone for Donald Trump in 2016, the state is a must-win for the president if he wants another four years.
Florida is also the state Democratic nominee Joe Biden needs to clinch to take down Trump with just one state.
Pennsylvania is the second-most influential swing state with 20 Electoral College votes.
In the Keystone State, 58 per cent of voters say they are waiting until Election Day to cast their ballot, while 10 per cent say they still intend to vote early or absentee with just days left.
Sixty per cent of likely voters in Florida have already cast their ballot in mail-in or early voting measures. Here people wait in line in the rain on Friday in Lake Worth, Florida to vote
In Pennsylvania, another swing state, only 32 per cent say they voted early or absentee – and a vast majority in the state self-reported favoring Democratic nominee Joe Biden, with 75 per cent saying they voted for Biden compared to the 22 per cent who say they cast their ballot for Trump
Democrats in Pennsylvania recently earned a victory at the Supreme Court level as they will still accept and count ballots sent by mail up to three days after November 3.
According to self-reporting of the 908 Pennsylvania early and absentee voters included in the survey, a whopping 75 per cent say they voted for Biden compared to the 22 per cent who cast their ballot for Trump.
‘We feel confident about where we are, and we feel very confident about our pathways to victory,’ Biden’s Campaign Advisor Anita Dunn told CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ during an interview on Sunday.
In Florida, now Trump’s home state after he changed his residency to the Sunshine State last year, only 17 per cent of voters intend to do so on Election Day, while 23 per cent of the 915 registered voters polled in the October 24-29 poll say they still intend to vote early or absentee.
These ballots, however, are much more split between Biden and Trump than in Pennsylvania.
In Florida, 50 per cent self-reported voting for Biden and 47 per cent said they voted for Trump.
Traditionally and historically, absentee and mail-in voting has been in favor of the Democratic candidate, while in-person Election Day voting has favored Republicans.
This year, however, it is unclear how the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to an enormous influx in mail-in and early voting, will turn out for each candidate.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, meaning most of these results fall outside that margin. The exception is the candidate count in Florida, which is only a 3 per cent difference.