• What does record-breaking Early Voting mean for Florida?

    By: Christopher Heath , Kevin Williams


    CENTRAL FLORIDA - Election Day is Tuesday, but in battleground -- a.k.a. do-or-die -- a.k.a. swing state Florida, 5.1 million voters have already done their democratic duty.

    Early voting came to a close Sunday, setting records for a midterm election. Some voters who cast their ballots early encountered long lines.

    So is the record-breaking turnout a sign of who will win come Tuesday night? It’s easy for both parties to argue that they are winning – but it’s not that simple.


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    Democrats are celebrating because, as of now, more Democratic voters have cast their ballot. Republicans, meanwhile, are excited that the GOP-to-Democrat ratio is very close, and they still have high-turnout voters who will show up Tuesday.

    This is a departure from 2014 – the last midterm election – when Republicans ended early voting with a narrow lead.

    Regardless of party affiliation, women make up the majority of early voters. Meanwhile, independent voters account for almost one in five votes.

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    So with 5.1 million votes already cast, the big question is: How many more votes are even left for Tuesday? 

    The potential answer: More than double that. Florida’s Division of Elections says there are 13.2 million registered voters in the Sunshine State.

    One more thing to consider: Early voting is popular, but day-of voting can make or break the fate of a candidate. In 2016, Hillary Clinton led in early voting, but Donald Trump won the ballots cast on Election Day, and then won the state.


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