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More than Two Million Early Ballots Cast Already

October 26th, 2016 by flanews

Florida is on pace for record early voting turnout, and as Matt Galka tells us, both sides say the early numbers are good for their parties.

Becky Bush wasn’t going to wait around. She voted early.

“I work downtown and it’s convenient,” she said.

And to her, this election cycle is “crazy.” So crazy that she voted opposite of her registered party.

“I look at the candidates, I look at the issues, and I vote my conscience. I don’t always vote with party,” she said.

More than two million people have already voted early in the state.  Republicans have cast about 5,000 more ballots. Not every county has early voting open right now but must open their early voting polls by the 29th.

Leon County GOP chairman Evan Power says the best is yet to come.

“From the Republican standpoint, early voting’s never been a strong point, some of our most hardcore voters vote on election day no matter what we try to do,” he said.

But Democratic strategist Steve Schale says they’re ahead of the game.

“Today in 2012 they were up by about 4.5 percent, today we’re basically tied. Based on where we should be, where we typically are at this point in the election, I feel very good,” he said.

Nearly five million people voted early or by mail in 2012…a record that’s expected to be shattered this year.

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