Turnout nears 1.4 million; GOP widens lead in early voting

Florida's primary will end with nominees for governor and other state and local offices.
Published Aug. 23, 2018

Nearly 1.4 million Floridians have already voted in next Tuesday's primary.

The latest figures show turnout is at 10.6 percent with six full days of voting to go. (Turnout for the last mid-term primary in 2014 was 17.6 percent).

Republicans have strong leads over Democrats in both voting by mail and in early voting. Statewide, Republicans account for 47 percent of all votes, and Democrats 42 percent.

Across the state, county election supervisors like seeing so many people casting their ballots early. It will be even more of a factor in the November general election, when the ballot will be much longer and the turnout will be  much higher.

Primary turnout is picking up steam in Broward, the state's most heavily-Democratic county. The three counties with the highest early voting counts through Wednesday are Miami-Dade, Broward and Duval.

The three counties with the highest mail ballot counts are Miami-Dade, Pinellas and Hillsborough.