Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris is making a final push during the final weekend of early voting that could determine who wins Florida.
Harris took the stage before noon at a drive-in rally near Florida International University, where about 100 cars assembled, for her 22-minute speech.
“People have been asking, why should I vote? And I think there are three reasons that everyone should vote,” Harris told the crowd to enthusiastic honking.
“One, honor the ancestors. Honor the ancestors, honor people like the late great John Lewis who shed his blood on the Edmond Pettus bridge so we could vote. I know he hears you!
“Honor the ancestors, those suffragettes who 100 years ago got us the passage of the 19th Amendment. Let’s always speak truth. Black women couldn’t vote until 1965,” Harris said.
“This moment will pass, and years from now, our children, our grandchildren, will ask us ‘Where were you at that moment?’” Harris told the crowd. “And what we will tell them is so much more than just how we felt. We are going to tell them what we did.
“They know when we vote, we win,” Harris said. “Let us not ever let anyone take our power from us.”
Harris also has stops planned in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Her stops come with the presidential race deadlocked in Florida, a crucial battleground state. Her running-mate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump had dueling events in the state on Thursday as early votes continued to pour in.
As of Saturday morning, nearly 8.3 million Floridians had voted early or by mail out of 14.4 million total voters statewide.
South Florida is the state’s Democratic stronghold. Biden is certain to win Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, but he’ll need to run up the numbers to win the state and defeat President Donald Trump. And Trump can count on his conservative base elsewhere in the state.
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