President Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to hold dueling campaign rallies in Florida — a crucial battleground state vital to winning the White House — with just five days left in the presidential race.
The candidates will appear in Tampa hours apart on Thursday, looking to make last-minute appeals and energize Central Florida voters ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
It comes as the economy remains a top issue on the minds of voters and the Commerce Department released GDP data on Thursday showing the U.S. economy grew at a record-shattering pace in the third quarter as businesses reopened from the coronavirus shutdown -- something Trump is likely to highlight as Biden attacks him over his handling of the pandemic.
A Quinnipiac University poll released last week shows Biden with a comfortable 10 percentage point lead nationally, but the race is much tighter in the key swing states candidates need to win to reach 270 electoral votes.
An aggregate of polls from RealClearPolitics shows that Trump has pulled into a virtual tie with Biden in Florida, just one week after the former vice president held a narrow lead in the state. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 1.2 percentage points in the Sunshine State four years ago.
Florida, with 29 delegates up for grabs, is one of the biggest prizes on Election Day — if Trump loses the state on Tuesday, his path to reelection would be considerably more difficult.