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'If Florida goes blue, it's over': Trump, Biden go all-in on Florida, 5 days out
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'If Florida goes blue, it's over': Trump, Biden go all-in on Florida, 5 days out

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The latest headlines and other things you should know today from the 2020 election.

There are 5 days until Election Day. Here's today's latest.

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Florida, Florida, Florida

Trump, Biden fight for Florida, appeal for Tuesday turnout

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are encouraging voters to turn out in person on Election Day next Tuesday, both campaigning in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican's pathway to another term.

More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail, and Trump and Biden are trying to energize the millions more who will vote on Tuesday. While the Election Day vote traditionally favors Republicans and early votes tend toward Democrats, the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 227,000 people in the United States, has injected new uncertainty.

Trump and Biden were appearing in Tampa hours apart on Thursday. They're visiting the western end of the state’s Interstate 4 corridor, an area known for rapid residential growth, sprawling suburbs and its status as an ever-changing, hard-fought battleground during presidential elections.

“You hold the power. If Florida goes blue, it’s over," Biden told supporters Thursday. Get the latest:

In other election news:

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Battle for the Senate

The latest from some of the key races:

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