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Team Clinton: We're way up from 4 years ago in Hispanic, black, millennial early votes in Florida



The early vote returns so far in Florida look great for Hillary Clinton to build an insurmountable lead heading into election day, her campaign says:

***The Hispanic vote is up 120 percent compared to this point four years ago, By yesterday alone, 30 percent more Hispanic voters had voted than during the entire campaign of 2012. 

***The African-American vote is up 22 percent compared to this time four years ago. About 650,000 African-Americans have voted, the heaviest turnout coming in the last two days.

***Votes from Floridians 35 and younger are up 70 percent

"We believe we are winning voting in Florida today by 170,000 votes. Obama at this same time in 2012 his campaign was estimating they were actually losing by 15,000 votes," said national campaign manager Robby Mook.

How is that possible when, at this point in 2012, Democrats had cast more than 75,000 more votes than Republicans? We asked senior Clinton advisers Mook and Marlon Marshall.

They seemed not to know the facts about Florida's early vote in 2012. Or maybe they misunderstood the question. Marshall's explanation, more or less: Yes! Things are great indeed, and we're happy!

We've asked for clarification.

We also turned to media shy Democratic consultant Steve Schale. He suggested a likely explanation is that at least 50,000 of the early votiing Democrats in 2012 were rural or north-Floridians, who have since registered Republican and have long voted Republican.

[Last modified: Friday, November 4, 2016 5:57pm]


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