Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both campaigning in Florida on Tuesday and there's a good reason. Not only is it the top battleground prize, but Florida is also a major early voting state.
By election day, more than half of the state's voters will have already cast a ballot, either by mail or at the voting booth. In-person early voting opened this week, and political analysts have already begun parsing the numbers.
Florida journalists reported Tuesday that 1.6 million ballots had been cast. Republicans have a narrow lead in mail-in ballots -- 42% to 40%, according to the Miami Herald. That's most of the early voting so far, about 1.3 million ballots.
Two fundraising developments Tuesday highlighted the vulnerability of down-ballot Republican candidates with two weeks to go before election day.
Donald Trump cut off a major cash source for the Republican Party, while a super PAC dumped $25 million into six races in the hopes of preserving the GOP's majority in the Senate, according to two reports published Tuesday.
All this points to the predicament that Republicans face as polls show their presidential nominee likely to lose and potentially dragging down vulnerable GOP candidates with him.
Donald Trump reiterated his strategy for Syria on Tuesday, saying his goal would be focused on stopping Islamic State rather than pushing out President Bashar Assad.
The Republican presidential nominee's comments, made in an exclusive interview with Reuters, differ sharply from the Obama administration position that Assad must also go because his regime has contributed to the country's instability.
"Assad is secondary, to me, to ISIS," Trump said, using another term for Islamic State.
Scroll through your Facebook and Twitter feeds, and you’re likely to be inundated with posts debating the policies of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Not surprisingly, more than a third of social media users, 37%, say they are worn out by election news, according to a report from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.
Almost two-thirds, 64%, said their online encounters with people from across the aisle left them with a disappointing realization that they have less in common with the opposition than they initially believed.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served in three Republican White Houses, said Tuesday that he will vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“She is smart, she is capable, she was a good secretary of State,” Powell said, according to Newsday. “She is balanced, she has temperament and no matter what anyone says, she has stamina ... I think she is fully qualified to serve as the president of the United States and will serve it with distinction.”
Powell said GOP nominee Donald Trump was unqualified, and cited his insults of Latinos, African Americans, women, fellow Republicans, America’s allies and veterans.
Tamping down speculation about what he will do if he loses the election, Donald Trump said Tuesday he has no intention of starting a media empire.
“I have no interest in Trump TV,” Trump told an Ohio radio host. “I hear it all over the place, and you know, I have a tremendous fan base. … But I just don’t have any interest in that. I have one interest, and that’s on Nov. 8.”
Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Trump was interested in starting his own television network or taking over an existing one. They intensified last week when the Financial Times reported that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner had spoken about the matter with Aryeh Bourkoff, chief executive of LionTree, an investment bank that has advised on media deals in the past.
Hillary Clinton touched down on Tuesday afternoon in Florida to kick off a two-day visit intended to drive up early voting turnout among her supporters.
Polls show the Democratic nominee has an edge over Republican Donald Trump, but her team is wary of taking its foot off the gas in what has traditionally been the country's most hotly contested battleground state.
Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said they've been carefully calibrating the candidate's travel around where people are casting ballots early.