Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton – and their poll watchers – target Florida this week

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have several campaign appearances scheduled in crucial Florida this week.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have several campaign appearances scheduled in crucial Florida this week.

With in-person early voting beginning Monday in America’s largest swing state, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are planning multiple Florida rallies and deploying armies of poll watchers to scrutinize voting.


Trump has made dire claims of a “rigged” election and “large-scale voter fraud,” and his campaign and the GOP have designated 320 poll watchers in Palm Beach County. Democrats and the Clinton camp have named 385 county poll watchers for early voting, which begins Monday at 15 sites.


Many of those same party designees are also expected to be tapped as poll watchers on election day itself, Nov. 8, when ballots will be cast at 465 polling places around the county. The candidates and parties have until Tuesday to submit those lists.


Part-time Palm Beach resident Trump, who trails Clinton in recent Florida polls, has announced five rallies around the state, starting today in Naples. Trump also has rallies scheduled Monday in St. Augustine and Tampa and Tuesday in Sanford and Tallahassee.

Clinton’s campaign announced Saturday that she will visit Broward College in Coconut Creek on Tuesday afternoon. Broward County has the most Democrats of any county in Florida. Clinton also visited Broward County on Sept. 30.

Clinton plans to continue campaigning in Florida on Wednesday, but details have not been announced.

Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, is making four Florida stops today and Monday. After events in Gainesville and Orlando on Sunday and in Miami on Monday morning, Kaine is scheduled to attend a 3:30 p.m. Monday rally at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

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