As is typical in any presidential election, all eyes are on Florida this year.
Democrats have been hoping that they would have an advantage through early voting in the state, but so far it isn’t panning out that way.
For the first two days of early voting there, Republicans have outpaced Democrats.
Republicans Outpace Democrats in First Two Days of Early Voting in Florida
Republicans have outpaced Democrats in the first two days of early voting in Florida, according to data from the state’s Division of Elections.
Early voting kicked off in the majority of Florida’s 67 counties on Monday, breaking a record with more than 350,000 votes cast on the first day alone. According to data last updated early Wednesday morning, Republicans outpaced Democrats in early voting by just over 41,000, or 321,007 ballots cast to the Democrats’ 279,968.
Overall, 720,968 Florida voters –including Republicans, Democrats, and those unaffiliated with either major party — cast their ballots on the first two days of early voting.
However, Democrats still hold a significant advantage in total ballots cast due to an increase in vote-by-mail. According to the data, 1,428,664 Democrats have already cast their ballot by mail compared to 900,828 Republicans who have done the same.
Even though the Democrats have a slight advantage in the total right now, Republicans have done a tremendous job closing the gap this year. See below:
Why is that huge?
Because of history:
2018: GOP -263k
2016: GOP -327k
2014: GOP -457k
2012: GOP -535k
This is not good news for @JoeBiden.
— James Blair (@JamesBlairFL) October 15, 2020
Trump carried Florida in 2016 and has seen his support grow there, particularly among the Latino community.
Keep a close eye on Florida on election night.