Nearly half of Florida voters have already cast ballots

6.42M have voted early or by mail

ORLANDO, Fla. – Sparked by a surge during the final days of early voting, about half of all active registered voters in Florida have already voted.

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.

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More than 1.23 million voters registered with no party affiliation have also voted.

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

When it comes to politics, Florida is pretty evenly divided.

About 37 percent of Florida voters are Democrats, about 35 percent are Republicans and just under one-quarter have no party affiliation.

Culturally, the state divides north and south, with Interstate 4 as the boundary. The northern part of Florida is a conservative, Southern state, while the southern half of Florida is a mix of transplants from primarily liberal-leaning Northeast states and Latinos who have made South Florida an economic and social hub of Latin America.

The number of Latino registered voters has expanded since the last presidential election, but it's too early to conclusively say what effect that will have on this year's race.

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