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 DeSantisFlorida governor suspends Palm Beach County elections supervisor Florida governor threatens Airbnb over West Bank settlements Florida governor announces sheriff's suspension over Parkland shooting 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 lawmaker diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Rick Scott threw party at Florida governor’s mansion after DeSantis and family had moved in: report Restoration of voting rights by felons marks shift in Florida 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 CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (R) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) are in a close race, has reportedly surpassed the total voter turnout of 2014.