Our prolonged national nightmare — also known as the 2020 presidential election — is about to reach its conclusion.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— The presidential campaigns wrap up in Florida. Donald Trump’s final appearance here before Election Day was a midnight rally at the Opa-locka Airport Sunday.
— Democrats responded with one last appearance by former President Barack Obama, who was in South Florida last night.
— The polls are open till 7 p.m. The state will begin posting returns online at 8 p.m. once the polls close in northwest Florida counties in the Central time zone. Trump says Democrats are running scared in Florida, but Tallahassee City Commissioner Diane Williams Cox says this election will be like Moses parting the Red Sea.
— The surge in COVID-19 cases continues in Florida as the state Department of Health reported almost 4,700 new infections Monday, as well as 45 additional fatalities. But Trump says lockdowns are the real threat — not the virus — and during his South Florida rally the crowd urged him to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci … the nation’s premiere epidemiologist.
— The President doesn’t actually have the legal authority to fire Fauci, but he hinted it could happen after the election.
— 100 years after it happened, Florida’s Governor declares Nov. 2 to be a day of remembrance for the Black residents of Ocoee who were murdered and terrorized by a white mob after a black man tried to vote in the election of 1920.
— And finally, checking in with two Florida men: one bagged a gator that had been stalking him for years; the other won a million-dollar lottery jackpot with a ticket he had forgotten.