Florida's Early Voting Wraps Up With Record Numbers

Roughly half of all active registered voters in Florida have cast ballots, sparked by a surge during the final days of early voting.

Numbers released by the state Division of Elections Monday show that nearly 6.42 million voters have either voted early or voted by mail. There are nearly 12.9 million active registered voters.

Early voting wrapped up over the weekend. Election supervisors can continue to accept mailed in ballots.

The new numbers show Democrats have built up a more than 87,000 vote lead over Republicans. So far 2.55 million Democrats have voted compared to 2.47 million Republicans. More than 1.23 million voters registered with no party affiliation have also voted.

Miami-Dade early voting was up nearly 80 percent from 2012, as over 760,000 ballots were cast before Election Day. In Broward, just under 615,000 people voted either by mail or at one of the mutliple early voting sites.

Democrats held "souls to the polls'' events, encouraging African-American churchgoers to take advantage of the last early-voting day.

There are still more than 800,000 vote-by-mail ballots that haven't been returned, including 347,757 sent to Democrats and 270,911 sent to Republicans.

President Barack Obama campaigned for Hillary Clinton in central Florida on Sunday, while Donald Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, held an event in Panama City.

The tight battle in Florida has compelled Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Trump to make repeated swings through the Sunshine State. Both campaigned in Florida Saturday and Trump plans to return for a Sarasota event Monday.

Florida could surpass its overall vote total from 2012. During that presidential election more than 8.5 million people voted.

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