More Democrats than Republicans have cast ballots in Florida in advance of today’s election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
But the Democratic edge of 90,102 ballots from in-person early voting and voting by mail is smaller than the approximately 175,000-ballot advantage the party enjoyed before the 2012 election, when President Barack Obama ended up carrying the state by 74,309 votes or 0.9 percent.
According to a report this morning by the Florida Division of Elections, more than 6.5 million people have already voted in the state, including more than 2.6 million who voted by mail and nearly 3.9 million who used early voting sites, which were open from Oct. 24 through Sunday.
Democrats cast 2,593,090 ballots, or 39.82 percent of the total. Republicans cast 2,502,988 ballots, or 38.44 percent.
There’s no guarantee that all those Democrats voted for Clinton or that all those Republicans voted for Trump.
One thing to watch in today’s results is whether there are significant defections by traditionally Republican-leaning Cuban-American voters in Miami-Dade County, where several GOP leaders have not endorsed Trump and vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Friday urged Republicans to “come home” to support their nominee.
More than 1.2 million people with no party affiliation voted, as did 156,598 people belonging to minor parties.