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1.1m Floridians have voted; GOP leads by 5 but Obama team says 'we are going to keep FL blue.'

The absentee votes are still pouring in and the Florida GOP still holds an edge of about 5 percentage points in voted ballots.

But the Obama campaign points out that it's cut cut the GOP lead by about two-thirds since 2008 and that, with the advent of early in-person votinng tomorrow, the Republicans can kiss their lead goodbye. More importantly, the Obama campaign says, is to look at the difference between total absentee-ballot requests (those that have been voted plus those still outstanding). By that measure, the Democrats trail by just 1 percentage point, as opposed to about 11 percentage points relative to this time in 2008.

"We are going to keep Florida blue," said Ashley Walker, the Obama campaign's Florida director. She says the campaign has the knowledge, organization and ability to contact those Democrats who haven't cast ballots yet to make sure they do. Team Obama is also working on some of the independent voters as well (but so is Mitt Romney's team's).

Voted ballots

Party       Total          %
REP     504,940 45%
DEM     445,862 39%
IND     183,527 16%
Total  1,134,329

Outstanding requests:

Party        Total           %
REP     575,069 39%
DEM     600,629 40%
IND     312,058 21%
Total  1,487,756

Here are the top 15 AB hotspot counties. Note the gangbusters numbers out of Pinellas (which we explored yesterday when we also noted the voter-registration gap Republicans are closing. Not: R/D=Republican-Democrat in the last column:

Total     Total       REP       DEM         R/D
PIN       123,467       51,142       48,562         2,580
DAD       100,376       44,670       38,058         6,612
HIL        79,020       31,052       34,011        (2,959)
BRO        58,028       16,824       31,964       (15,140)
ORA        56,679       21,995       25,316        (3,321)
BRE        47,556       23,476       17,089         6,387
SAR        46,186       20,705       17,812         2,893
LEE        43,155       22,041       12,986         9,055
POL        38,209       16,377       16,293              84
VOL        36,059       15,984       13,804         2,180
PAS        34,124       14,498       13,318         1,180
DUV        30,495       15,358       11,221         4,137
CLL        30,280       18,324        6,651        11,673
PAL        29,449        9,274       15,186        (5,912)
SEM        25,806       13,369        8,286         5,083

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