President Trump and Joe Biden (D) held dueling events in battleground Florida on Thursday, with “thousands” of supporters flocking to Trump’s event compared to the “hundreds” who attended the former vice president’s event in Coconut Creek.
“We are a country of hope, not a country of fear and weakness, and we have a leader who shows us that every single day,” the first lady said as the crowd roared:
HAPPENING NOW—TAMPA, FLORIDA! It is imperative that EVERYONE gets out to VOTE for President Trump and Vice President Pence! LET’S DO THIS!!#Election2020 #MAGA🇺🇸
— Dan Scavino🇺🇸 (@DanScavino) October 29, 2020
The fake polls say Biden is winning Florida, but the crowd at Trump’s rally today in blue Tampa says a lot different pic.twitter.com/KCP3Sworjo
— Rogan O’Handley 🇺🇸 (@DC_Draino) October 29, 2020
Packed crowd standing shoulder to shoulder here in Tampa. I’ve been to a bunch of pandemic-era Trump rallies over the last few months. Have never seen so few masks in a crowd this large. Usually it’s a mixed bag. Right now, hard to spot them. pic.twitter.com/uLrBBFwTcZ
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) October 29, 2020
Thousands in Tampa watching @realDonaldTrump at what he's calling a "Victory Rally" — Even Trump seems impressed with the turnout. He said even Ronald Reagan never drew crowds like this. pic.twitter.com/iuXEjfWwrR
— Erik Waxler (@erikwaxler) October 29, 2020
THANK YOU TAMPA, FLORIDA!https://t.co/1gXlNJCdHl
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2020
Around the same time, Biden held a socially-distanced drive-in rally in Broward County’s Coconut Creek.
“Right here in Florida, it’s up to you. You hold the key,” Biden said to a crowd of “hundreds,” as reported by WSVN. “If Florida goes blue, it’s over”:
I’m in the press pool area ahead of the campaign event with Former Vice President Joe Biden. Here’s another look at the cars at the drive-in rally in Coconut Creek. This is another stop for Biden in Broward. Former Pres Obama was in North Miami back on Saturday. @CBSMiami pic.twitter.com/AF8L76kBDO
— Ty Russell (@TRussellCBS4) October 29, 2020
About 200 cars here in Coconut Creek, Fla., ahead of Biden’s drive-in event. pic.twitter.com/GRpgFwBtaW
— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) October 29, 2020
A photo from the Sun-Sentinel shows a group of “about 50 Trump supporters” holding signs and waving flags nearby Biden’s event.
That phenomenon was seen also on Wednesday after Trump’s Arizona rallies in both Bullhead City and Goodyear drew thousands of supporters, compared to the group of “about 100” vehicles attracted by Harris, who held a drive-in rally in Tucson that same day:
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) October 28, 2020
— David Wallace (@DavidWallce) October 28, 2020
Crowd shot at end of drive-in rally: pic.twitter.com/KN3OwRJz8i
— Kristina Wong 🇺🇸 (@kristina_wong) October 28, 2020
It is not just Trump who has been able to draw thousands to his events. His daughter Ivanka held an event in Sarasota, Florida, on Tuesday, which drew throngs of supporters:
— Pam Bondi (@PamBondi) October 27, 2020
On my way! Love you Sarasota! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/eHBXT4DSVa
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 27, 2020
In contrast, few supporters appeared to be in attendance for Harris’s early voting event in Asheville, North Carolina, last week.
“Half a dozen supporters were visible on video coverage,” as Breitbart News reported. “The total attendance appeared somewhat greater, but not much greater.”
Earlier this month, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) held a rally on behalf of Biden in the Granite State, which drew “tens”:
— Laura O'Neill (@loneillNH) October 3, 2020
Biden has defended his small events, stating that they “don’t want to become superspreaders” of the Chinese coronavirus.
With the election just days away, polls are tightening, showing President Trump and Biden neck and neck in both Florida and Arizona. Thursday evening’s RealClearPolitics averages showed Biden up 1.4 percent in Florida and the two candidates tied in the Grand Canyon State.