Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in Florida, but GOP turnout far exceeded Democratic participation in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primaries. Both major parties had robust turnout compared to Libertarians, who largely passed up the chance to cast ballots in the party’s first-ever statewide primary.
More than 1.4 million Republicans — about 32 percent of Florida’s 4.4 million registered GOP voters — cast ballots in the primary that Sen. Marco Rubio easily won with 72 percent over homebuilder Carlos Beruff.
More than 1.1 million Democrats — about 24 percent of the 4.7 million registered Democratic voters statewide — participated in the Democratic primary won by Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, over Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, and attorney Pam Keith.
Florida’s first-ever statewide Libertarian primary failed to excite limited-government advocates. Of the 25,030 Floridians registered with the Libertarian Party, only 4,005 weighed in — 16 percent — for the race in which Paul Stanton body-slammed Augustus Invictus.
Overall statewide turnout, which includes no-party voters, was 23.9 percent.