Democrats continue to hold a lead over Republicans in pre-election totals, fueled in large part by big turnout during the early voting period.
State figures released Saturday morning show nearly 2.3 million Democrats and nearly 2.3 million Republicans have voted by mail or in person during the early voting period. Democrats have returned 7,280 more ballots than their GOP counterparts.
Nearly 1.1 million no party affiliation voters have already voted. According to the Division of Elections, more than 5.7 million Floridians have already voted.
Democrats were able to overtake Republicans because of strong early voting turnout in recent days. More than 1.3 million Democrats voted in person during the early voting period. And Democrats are hoping to make a big push in the final days of early voting.
Early voting continues through Sunday in several Florida counties, including Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. Several “souls to the polls” events have been planned across the state, hoping to turnout African-American voters.
Democrats still lag behind when it comes to returning vote by mail ballots. Registered Democrats requested 1.3 million vote by mail ballots. As of Saturday, 374,912 of those ballots still needed to be returned.
Republicans requested more than 1.3 million vote by mail ballots. As of Saturday morning, 294,583 of those ballots still needed to be returned. Records show Republicans returned more than 1 million vote by mail ballots.
When it comes to early voting, more than 1.2 million GOP voters have voted in person during the early voting period.