Turnout picks up pace as more than 1 million have cast ballots
More than 1 million voters have cast ballots in advance of next week's Florida presidential preference primary. Balloting is on pace for turnout to set a new record for a presidential primary and is sure to exceed the 1.7 million people who voted in the last primary in 2012.
Through Sunday, slightly more than 1.1 million ballots had been cast statewide. Nearly 900,000 were mail ballots and more than 230,000 were cast at early voting sites. Republicans are voting in substantially higher numbers than Democrats. The Department of State is updating daily vote totals by party, by county, by mail and by type on its website.
Pinellas County remains the statewide leader in mail ballots returned with 104,000 through Sunday. Miami-Dade is the early leader in early voting with 15,603 ballots cast at early voting sites through Sunday.