So far, so good, although turnout is light in Florida’s primary

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Election officials are expecting a light turnout for today’s Florida primary election. With no competitive races at the top of the ballot and just a handful of competitive statehouse races, turnout could hover around 20 percent of a pool of nearly 12 million voters.

 The race drawing the most interest features former Gov. Charlie Crist against former Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Gov. Rick Scott is running against Yinka Abosede Adeshina and Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder in the Republican primary for governor.

Two Democrats are vying for a chance to take on Attorney General Pam Bondi in November. Former Department of Children and Family Secretary George Sheldon and Rep. Perry Thurston are competing for the Democrats Attorney General nomination.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner said absentee ballots totaled 856,378 and that another 296,902 voters cast ballots at early voting sites.

Polls opened without incident this morning 7:00 a.m. local time and votes can be cast until 7:00 p.m. The western Panhandle is in Central Time and polls there will close 8 p.m. Eastern.

The Division of Elections will post results online at, when they become available.