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Statewide voter turnout currently around 17 percent

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There’s just a few hours left until the polls close, and statewide turnout is currently under 20 percent.

Forty-seven counties in Florida have started to report turnout numbers, according to LobbyTools. The legislative monitoring service reported that more than 2.1 million votes have already been cast. That brings statewide turnout to just over 17 percent.

Statewide turnout in the 2014 primary was 18 percent. Two years earlier, statewide turnout was 21 percent.

The turnout snapshot is in line with predictions made by Associated Industries of Florida.

According to a tout sheet circulated by the business organization, AIF believes turnout is “headed to 19-20% or close to 2.5 million votes.”

The organization’s political shop predicts more than 2.4 million votes cast out of the nearly 12.4 million registered voters. That would put turnout at 19.6 percent.

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