Pinellas County is about 25,000 votes shy of total votes cast the last time there was a gubernatorial primary in Florida.
In 2010, about 147,000 ballots were counted. So far this election, more than 108,000 mail ballots were returned, 1,856 people took part in early voting and, as of noon, 12,050 people had voted at precincts on Election Day.
But, voter turnout may be on pace to exceed the 2010 primary. That year, only 86,000 people voted by mail while 58,000 voted on Election Day.
In both elections, candidates for governors faced primary challengers. However, in 2010, both the Democratic and Republican primaries were competitive since then Gov. Charlie Crist was not seeking re-election. This year, incumbent Rick Scott faces a challenger in the primary, but no one really knows about it. So does Crist. But both are considered shoo-ins for the general election.
The high profile gubernatorial races tend to drive voter turnout.