Florida sees record-high early voting

The state of Florida has seen record-high early voting totals ahead of Election Day.

Turnout this election cycle is almost double what it was in 2014, according to West Palm Beach’s WPTV.

The News-Press reported that, as of Friday, more than 4.1 million Floridians had already cast a ballot via early voting or absentee ballots. In 2014, 3.1 million early ballots were cast.

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New data released Friday shows that Republicans are leading in early voting turnout statewide by about 60,000 ballots, though Democrats are leading in urban areas, according to the paper.

Florida is the site of two closely watched races. Former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisElection Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP DeSantis holds lead over Gillum after recount Florida Senate race heads to a hand recount MORE (R) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) are locked in a heated battle for Florida governor.

And term-limited Gov. Rick Scott (R) is seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonFlorida not using Broward County's recount tally because it uploaded results 2 minutes late Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP DeSantis holds lead over Gillum after recount MORE.

Early voting has been up significantly this cycle, surpassing 2014 levels in at least 27 states. Nationwide, more than 24 million early and absentee votes had been reportedly cast as of Wednesday.

Early voter turnout in Texas, where Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke writes blog post describing a literal run from near the capitol to near the White House Cruz brushes off question about campaign claim on O'Rourke paying for caravan Texas New Members 2019 MORE (R) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) are in a close race, has reportedly surpassed the total voter turnout of 2014.