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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 DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans Group of Florida mayors calls on DeSantis to issue mask mandate DeSantis promises to keep Florida open despite recent coronavirus case surge 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 NelsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots The Hill's Morning Report - Biden inches closer to victory Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 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 CruzOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent Trump's NATO ambassador pledges 'seamless' transition to Biden administration Potential 2024 Republicans flock to Georgia amid Senate runoffs MORE (R) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) are in a close race, has reportedly surpassed the total voter turnout of 2014.