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Pence votes early in Indiana

Pence votes early in Indiana
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Vice President Pence voted early in his home state of Indiana on Friday, 11 days before Election Day.

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“It’s a great honor and great to be back home again,” Pence told reporters.

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Pence also headlined a campaign rally in Fort Wayne on Thursday evening. Later Friday, he will travel to Ohio and Pennsylvania — both key battleground states where polls show the presidential race tight — to hold consecutive campaign rallies as part of a rapid push to energize voters ahead of Election Day.

Trump, who participated in the second and final presidential debate against Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE on Thursday evening, will similarly vote early in Florida on Saturday amid a campaign stop in the key swing state.

Trump used to be a resident of New York but changed his home address to his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Palm Beach last year. Trump will cast his ballot in the state as former President Obama heads to Miami to campaign for Biden.

Trump and his campaign have encouraged Americans to vote early by absentee ballot or in-person in an effort to drive turnout, as polls show Trump trailing Biden nationally and in battlegrounds. The efforts, however, have been complicated by the president’s consistent attacks on mail-in voting, which has been expanded in a number of states due to the coronavirus pandemic.