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Record turnouts for early voting lift Obama campaign's hopes in Florida



The Obama campaign seems quite happy after record turnouts were reported in counties across Florida today, the first day of early voting.

The Times' Adam Smith reported on Twitter, "More than 20k pple voted eary today so far in Hillsborough Co...In 08 biggest single day (11/1/08) was 18,736.

The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo tweeted, "Miami-Dade early voting so heavy that by 3 pm 14,745 people voted -- more than ENTIRE first day of 08 EV (12,000). 12-hour total: 22,625."

Gary Fineout of the Associated Press, "Leon County - a Democratic stronghold in Fla - had a record turnout for early voting with 5447 votes cast on day 1."

Democrats typically have an advantage with early voting, but Republicans have been putting a higher emphasis on its turnout effort this time. On Sunday, Democrats will focus on getting out the black vote, with a "Souls to the Polls" drive.

[Last modified: Saturday, October 27, 2012 10:00pm]


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