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More than 700,000 Floridians have voted, GOP holds 45-39% lead over Dems

The daily update in the absentee-ballot voting war is like the others: Bigger than the day before; and Republicans leading, but not like they used to. Still, it's a lead. Expect that to change when in-person early voting, which Democrats dominate, begins Saturday Oct. 27:

Voted ballots:


Party      Voted      %
REP      315,987 45%
DEM      277,253 39%
IND      110,188 16%
Total      703,428

 

Outstanding requests:

Party    Requested         %
REP      688,438 40%
DEM      689,990 40%
IND      337,446 20%
Total   1,715,874

Top 15 AB-voting hotspots, which account for 68 percent of the ballots cast (R/D=Republican-Democrat):

County      Total     REP    DEM    R/D
PIN        73,232  30,142  29,256      886
DAD        59,846  26,876  22,771   4,105
HIL        51,474  20,627  22,099  (1,472)
ORA        40,127  15,625  18,096  (2,471)
SAR        34,455  15,402  13,606   1,796
BRO        28,628    8,464  15,759  (7,295)
BRE        26,366  12,972    9,481   3,491
POL        24,133  10,199  10,476     (277)
VOL        21,772  10,151    7,916   2,235
PAS        21,619    9,244    8,487      757
DUV        21,099  10,570    7,843   2,727
LEE        20,386  10,718    5,986   4,732
CLL        19,852  12,034    4,441   7,593
MRN        17,660    8,331    6,952   1,379
SEM        16,086    8,299    5,196   3,103

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Linda

These numbers.. they are from a poll? They are not counting the votes yet right? I don't trust polls. I hope Romney wins but you can't trust polls.

Ben

Linda, it's not a poll. These are the actual number of voters registered with each party (or with no party/as independents) who have already voted via absentee ballot. Party registration of course does not guarantee that all registered Democrats voted for Obama or that all registered Republicans voted for Romney. For what it's worth, absentee ballots historically are much more Republican than the general electorate, so these numbers look like a very close race so far. It's easy to overstate the significance of this data, though.

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