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6 p.m. update: Pollster predicts Florida GOP turnout could exceed 50%

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Florida political pollster Ryan Tyson is tracking turnout in 25 counties in media markets across the state, representing 44 percent of  registered Republicans (excluding Orange, Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties)

He reported that as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, the counties are now tracking on a 49 percent turnout level with an hour to go (two hours in the Panhandle). Tyson said earlier turnout could exceed more than 50 percent, “and possibly even to 53-54 percent.”

An assortment of county turnout levels on the GOP side as of 6 p.m.:

  • Charlotte — 53.8 percent
  • Collier — 66 percent
  • Duval — 49.1 percent
  • Hernando — 52.3 percent
  • Hillsborough — 46.5 percent
  • Indian River — 58.4 percent
  • Leon — 44.7 percent
  • Pasco — 51.3 percent
  • Pinellas — 56.5 percent

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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