By James Oliphant
WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Three more US states opened the polls for early voting on Wednesday, and President Donald Trump was planning another rally to make up for lost time campaigning for his convalescence from the coronavirus.
More than 13 million Americans have already cast their vote, a record rate of early voting, according to the University of Florida Election Project. Many try to avoid the large crowds expected on Election Day, November 3.
In the last presidential election, some 1.4 million Americans had cast early votes as of October 16, 2016.
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About two dozen people showed up more than two hours before the polls opened in Memphis, Tennessee, to secure seats in line, local media reported, as voting began in Kansas, Rhode Island and Tennessee.
In Georgia, where long lines snaked between polling stations and sidewalks for the first two days of early voting this week, Gwinnett County elections officials reported waits of up to three hours to cast their ballots on Wednesday.
Republican Trump, who lags behind Democrat Joe Biden in national and key state opinion polls, will host a rally at the Des Moines, Iowa airport. Biden has a virtual fundraiser and will offer recorded comments to a Muslim advocacy group.
Trump’s trip to Iowa so close to Election Day suggests that his campaign is concerned about the support of state voters for his re-election. Trump had beaten Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly 10 percentage points in 2016, but opinion polls have shown the state to be in dispute.
(Report by James Oliphant, Edited in Spanish by Javier López de Lérida)