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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

As polls open, Democrats hold 90,000 ballot lead out of 6.5M

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November

As polls opened across the state Tuesday, Florida was tearing up the voter turnout record books on the way to setting an all-time high for participation in a statewide election. More than 6.5 million voters had voted, a majority of the state's electorate of 12.9 million, and far more than any other state.

Democrats had cast more ballots than Republicans -- but not by much -- and the level of interest in the election suggests anything could happen on Tuesday. Democrats held a 90,000 advantage in ballots cast over Republicans (about 2.6 million to 2.5 million) with unaffiliated and minor party voters making up the rest).

It's a historic election in Florida and especially in Miami-Dade, which will shed its unwelcome image as a laggard in voter turnout, as will its neighbor to the north, Broward.

As voting began on Tuesday, 768,873 ballots were in in Miami-Dade, equal to 56 percent of voters and almost 90 percent of the entire turnout four years ago -- an unprecedented level of enthusiasm before Election Day. Broward's early turnout was 52.6 percent, also well above the statewide turnout average of 50.6 percent.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 12:08pm]

    

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