Democrats take the lead in Florida early voting – KITV Honolulu
By Marshall Cohen CNN
WASHINGTON (CNN) — With three days before Election Day, Democratic turnout has edged ahead of Republicans for the first time since early voting began in the critical battleground state of Florida.
The milestone is a boon to Hillary Clinton’s chances of carrying the Sunshine State and its 29 electoral votes — a prize so large that it would help her close off most of Donald Trump’s paths to victory.
But it’s not all good news for Democrats: Their current lead is significantly smaller than the turnout advantage they had over registered Republicans at this point in 2008.
Clinton and her vice presidential running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, were in Florida this weekend. Even though Clinton’s rally in Pembroke Pines was cut short Saturday due to heavy rain, she visited two early voting locations near Miami, and her effort to churn out early voters might be working.
More than 5.7 million Floridians have already hit the polls after about two weeks of in-person early voting. So far, 2,268,663 Democrats have cast their ballots and 2,261,383 Republicans have already voted.
These are not results — ballots aren’t tallied until Election Day. But the numbers provide clues on who is voting and which party is turning out to vote. And while the numbers track voters’ party affiliations, not all Democrats are voting for Clinton, and not all Republicans are supporting Trump.
The GOP lead was carried by strong numbers in absentee voting, and their overall edge stood at about 16,500 earlier this week. But Democratic turnout picked up steam, and they’re now ahead by a little more than 7,200 votes, according to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of State.
Democrats slowly chipped away at the Republican advantage, largely thanks to strong turnout from Hispanic voters. While they are more