TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Another close election in Florida? Count on it.
Through Friday, 2,268,663 Democrats and 2,261,383 Republicans had cast ballots by mail or at early voting sites — a difference of 7,280 in favor of Democrats. Overall, more than 5.7 million Floridians have voted, or nearly 45 percent of those registered.
That far surpasses 2012 totals, when 4.8 million Floridians cast ballots before Election Day.
Florida’s 29 electoral votes are the biggest prize in Tuesday’s presidential election among states that could swing to either candidate. In 2000, Florida set the standard for close presidential elections, when George W. Bush beat Al Gore by 537 votes out of about 6 million cast. It took five weeks to call the election in a state that determined the presidency.
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