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Florida Democrats Playing Catch-up

The challenge for Florida Democrats is that they’re starting behind. More than 2.2 million Floridians took advantage of early and absentee voting, and here’s the partisan breakdown of turnout:

GOP:

1,102,090

DEM:

825,103

OTHER:        

322,959

Republicans have a turnout advantage of 276,987 ballots before the polls even close. For comparison, here’s how the GOP has fared at early and absentee voting in previous elections:

2010:

276,987

2008:

-354,374

2006:      

147,019

Keep in mind that this is a state where the GOP is at an overall numbers disadvantage. There are, as of the latest registration numbers, 591,809 more Democrats than Republicans. Enthusiasm gap, indeed.

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