After 1.6 million votes cast, GOP leads but Dems narrow the gap

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As many as one-fourth of all ballots have already been cast in the Florida election as more than 1.6 million voters either voted early in person or by absentee ballot.

Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald notes that Republicans still hold the lead in early voting, 46-37 percent, or more than 147,000 votes. That is an increase of more than 3,000 ballots since Friday.

However, Democrats have cut that margin significantly since voting began; as of today, the gap stands at 9.2 points, down from 9.8 percentage points yesterday.

The entire state of Florida is now open for the first weekend of early in-person voting.

Chart via Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald:

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