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More than 750,000 Floridians have already voted by absentee ballot. GOP still holds 6-point edge

The daily update in the absentee-ballot voting war is like the others: Bigger than the day before; and Republicans leading in ballots already cast, but not like they used to. Republicans are ahead by 5.3 percentage points (note: it looks like 6% in the numbers below due to rounding). But that's down compared to this point in 2008, when their cast ballots were 17 points higher than Democratic absentee ballots cast, according to Democrats.**

Still, it's a GOP lead. Expect that to change when in-person early voting, which Democrats dominate, begins Saturday Oct. 27.

The current totals; voted ballots:
PARTY       Voted        %
REP      335,056 45%
DEM      295,322 39%
IND      117,474 16%
TOTAL      747,852

Outstanding requests:

PARTY  Requested        %
REP      677,394 40%
DEM      679,756 40%
IND      334,644 20%
TOTAL   1,691,794

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         78,413     32,294     31,274        1,020
 DAD         59,881     26,883     22,786        4,097
 HIL         55,260     22,088     23,704       (1,616)
 ORA         40,320     15,693     18,195       (2,502)
 BRO         36,341     10,763     20,012       (9,249)
 SAR         34,455     15,401     13,606        1,795
 BRE         29,535     14,507     10,664        3,843
 POL         26,701     11,271     11,601          (330)
 LEE         23,980     12,437      7,129        5,308
 VOL         23,714     10,936      8,711        2,225
 PAS         21,619      9,244      8,487           757
 CLL         21,596     13,103      4,777        8,326
 DUV         21,234     10,649      7,881        2,768
 MRN         18,149      8,571      7,143        1,428
 SEM         17,281      8,952      5,548        3,404

 **One of the reasons Democrats are doing better with absentee ballots is that they have to because the GOP-controlled Legislature cut back on in-person early voting hours relative to 2008, when Democrats swamped the polls during a cumulative 120 hours of early voting over 14 days. Now, the days are limited to eight and the hours to 96 (note: the hours were always capped at 96 total, but then Gov. Charlie Crist issued an executive order that kept the early voting polls open longer).

We last explored this in an article when the vote hit the half-million mark

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PEter Schorsch

Exclusive poll: Romney, Obama deadlocked at 49% each among Floridians who have already voted.

wp.me/pShRp-jAB

King Tut

how many democrat snowbirds are voting twice: once in Florida and once in their home state??

Dan Marino

I wonder how many thousands of fraudulently-registered "Republicans" like Fido Hawthorne III and Fluffy Worthington have voted.

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