Washington: Roughly the same number of registered Democrats and Republicans voted on the first day of early voting in Florida on Monday, according to statewide turnout numbers published on Tuesday, bucking the trend so far in other battlegrounds where Democrats have logged a sizeable early-voting advantage.
About 366,436 people voted in person across the state, exceeding the vote count four years ago, when about 290,000 cast ballots on the first day of in-person voting, according to the Florida Department of State. Of the total, 153,743 were registered Republicans, 154,004 were Democrats and 58,689 were minor-party or unaffiliated.
As in other states, Democrats retain a distinct advantage among the 2.7 million Floridians who have mailed in their ballots so far; the breakdown among those voters is 49 per cent Democratic and 30 per cent Republican, according to the state figures.
In 18 states across the nation that track partisan affiliation, Democrats have outvoted Republicans by more than 2 to 1, according to data compiled by Michael McDonald, a political scientist at the University of Florida. In the battleground state of Pennsylvania, Democrats have outvoted Republicans 4 to 1.