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 Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election DeSantis: It's safe to hug with PPE on Police say man spat on child in restaurant and said 'you now have coronavirus' 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 Nelson Trump, facing trouble in Florida, goes all in NASA names DC headquarters after agency's first Black female engineer Mary W. Jackson NASA, SpaceX and the private-public partnership that caused the flight of the Crew Dragon 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 CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Trump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary MORE (R) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) are in a close race, has reportedly surpassed the total voter turnout of 2014.