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Democrats Lead By 88,000 Votes In Early Florida Voting

| by Ray Brown

About half of all Florida's registered voters have already cast their ballots, and registered Democrats have out numbered registered Republicans by 88,000 votes, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida's early voting laws have allowed approximately 6.4 million voters to cast their ballots as of Nov. 7, one day before Election Day. So far, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appears to have the edge over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, with more Democrats than Republicans voting.

Miami-Dade County, one of the most liberal counties in Florida, had a record-breaking turnout Nov. 6, with 53,905 ballots cast, according to the Miami Herald.

The previous record was set on Nov. 4, with 42,810.

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“This has no doubt been a record breaking election. Both in terms of overall turnout and because we broke the daily record today by more than 13,000 voters,” Miami-Dade County Elections Supervisor Christina White told the Miami Herald. “This coupled with minimal wait times has made early voting in Miami-Dade a success.”

While Democratic voters outnumber Republican voters by 88,000 votes before Election Day, there is still time for the GOP to catch up when more conservative parts of the state cast their ballot on Nov. 8.

According to the State of Florida's website, there are 4,500,960 registered Republicans in the Sunshine State.

However, Democrats actually outnumber Republicans in Florida by about 300,000, with a total of 4,800,905.

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But even if every registered voter in Florida voted along party lines, the outcome would be difficult to predict because there are 3,353,421 unaffiliated voters in the state.

According to Real Clear Politics polling averages, Trump has a nominal .03 percent lead over Clinton.

Sources: Orlando SentinelMiami HeraldFlorida Department of StateReal Clear Politics / Photo credit: Moni3/Wikipedia

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