Decision 2020

Obama Makes South Florida Stop, Stumps for Biden on Final Day of Campaign

It's the last chance for voters to make their decision ahead of Election Day, with Biden leading many national polls over his opponent, President Donald Trump

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What to Know

  • Obama made a stop in Miami to get voters to the polls on Election Day for his former running mate, Democratic nominee Joe Biden
  • Florida is considered a must-win for both campaigns, further amplified by visits in just over the last week in a half from Obama, Biden and Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris
  • President Trump made a late night stop Sunday in Miami-Dade, holding an event at where supporters waited for hours to hear his pitch for why he should be re-elected.

With the 2020 presidential campaign down to its final day on Monday, former President Barack Obama made a stop in Miami on Monday to get voters to the polls on Election Day for his former running mate, Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Speaking at Florida International University's South campus, the former President spoke about how vital Florida was in the upcoming election, making a closing argument directed the hispanic community.

Nearly 70% of residents in Miami-Dade County are Hispanic. Obama won the Florida's Hispanic vote in 2012.

"Tomorrow you can put an end to the politics that tries to pull us apart, just to win an election. And that tries to peddle conspiracy theories and fears. When what we need is confidence and hope," Obama said. "Tomorrow, in the most important election of our lifetimes."

Biden's campaign says there were 246 cars and 466 people at Monday's rally, with people in the crowd holding flags from a number of Latin countries, including Venezuela and Cuba.

The former Commander-in-Chief, who took part in a drive-in rally Oct. 24 in North Miami, was part of an event that included celebrities like Latin music star Luis Fonsi and DJ Irie along with Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Daniella Levine Cava.

It's the last chance for voters to make their decision ahead of Election Day, with Biden leading many national polls over his opponent, President Donald Trump.

Biden holds a 51 to 47 percent lead in Florida in the latest NBC News / Marist poll released last week, which is within the poll’s 4.4 percent margin of error. It’s a three percent jump for the former Vice President, who was tied with Trump at 48 percent each in the September poll.

Florida is considered a must-win for both campaigns, further amplified by visits in just over the last week in a half from Obama, Biden's stop in Broward County and Tampa last Thursday and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Saturday in Miami-Dade County.

Trump made a late night stop Sunday in Miami-Dade, holding an event at Opa-locka Executive Airport where supporters waited for hours to hear the President's pitch for why he should be re-elected.

Thousands of supporters gathered for a late night rally aimed at gaining support in the critical swing state of Florida. Crowds were packed into tarmacs along with politicians to stir the crowd, including Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

"We are going to win my home state of Florida," said Trump, who changed residency to his Mar-a-Lago home while in office. "When we win, we'll get four more years in the White House."

South Florida was Trump's last stop on a whirlwind tour of swing states. Throughout the day, his supporters had gathered at various locations, including in Tropical Park along Bird Road for a drive-in rally.

As of Friday afternoon, close to 87 million people had already voted in the presidential election, breaking a record for early voting across the U.S. Election experts believe that by Tuesday night, between 150 million and 160 million ballots will have been cast.

In Florida, early voting ended when the polls closed on Sunday evening. If you still haven't cast your ballot, make sure you check out NBC 6's guides to early votingelection day and the 2020 Florida ballot.

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