With just one day remaining until Election Day, Florida voters have made their voices heard in a big way, casting nearly 9 million votes in the Sunshine State.
As of Monday morning, 8,974,896 million of the 14,441,869 registered voters in the state had cast ballots through the mail or at early voting sites, according to the U.S. Elections Project, which is run by University of Florida professor Michael McDonald. 2020’s historic early voting numbers already match 93 percent of the total turnout in the state in 2016.
In all, 4,649,919 votes had been cast by mail in the state, while an additional 4,324,977 opted to vote in-person.
While Democrats still hold a slim early voting advantage in Florida — casting 3,512,211 votes thus far — Republicans continue to close the gap, with 3,404,088 casting ballots. Unaffiliated voters accounted for 1,933,648 early votes, while third-party voters had cast 124,949 votes.
McDonald’s data also showed that 96 million Americans have already voted in this election — 69 percent of the total turnout in the 2016 election. Around 138 million Americans cast a ballot last election.
Experts expect this election to have the highest participation rate in over a century.
#earlyvote noon update 11/2
— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) November 2, 2020
Today’s data coincides with President Donald Trump making his final pitch to Floridians before Election Day. After holding rallies Sunday in Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina and Georgia, the President made his final stop of the campaign in Miami, holding a rally well past midnight. Trump will continue burning the midnight oil on Monday when he makes five additional stops in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Scranton, Pennsylvania, Traverse City and Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Latrobe and Erie, Pennsylvania on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spent the day in the battleground state of Pennsylvania — which Trump carried in 2016 by less than one percentage point. The former vice president will continue to target the all-important real estate on Monday when he holds a rally in Pittsburgh alongside singer and actress Lady Gaga.
Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, will be in Philadelphia alongside her husband, Doug Emhoff, and singer John Legend.
While early voting has officially ended in Florida, you can still vote in-person on Election Day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
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