More than 1.5 million have voted; turnout will greatly exceed '12
More than 1.5 million Florida voters cast ballots for president in the state's presidential primary through Wednesday. Republicans are widening their turnout lead over Democrats, and statewide turnout is certain to exceed that of the last primary in 2012. Turnout is on pace to exceed 2 million votes even before the polls open next Tuesday on election day.
Pinellas leads all 67 counties with the most absentee ballots cast so far according to data posted on the Division of Elections website. The highest number of early voters so far are in the Democratic counties of Miami-Dade and Broward.
The turnout in Florida's last presidential primary in 2012 was 41.2 percent. Mitt Romney led a nine-candidate Republican field with 46 percent of the vote and Democrats had no primary with President Barack Obama seeking re-election.