Stat of the day: Turnout in State Senate District 22 is already at 17%

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For Jeff Brandes and Jim Frishe, Election Day is not tomorrow. It was yesterday. And the day before that. And the day before that.

That’s because 17% of the Republican voters in Senate District 22 have already cast their ballot.

Many districts in Florida will be lucky to see that kind of number after both early voting and day-of balloting.

But not in the politically astute, battleground District 22. With early voting driving turnout to 17% already, I would not be surprised if overall turnout reached twenty-five to thirty percent.

Going inside the numbers, 48% of 4 of 4 primary voters have already voted, as have 37% of 3 of 4’s. Yet, because of the extensive early voting requests in Pinellas, 58% of the vote is comprised of ‘2 of 4 or less’ primary voters compared to 42% ‘3 of 4 or better.’

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