Republican Voters Outpace Democrats With 2 Million Ballots Cast in Florida

October 26, 2018 Updated: October 26, 2018

At least 2 million voters have cast their ballots in the Florida mid-term elections, and according to the Division of Elections, Republicans have the edge.

The Associated Press reported that nearly 560,000 people have voted early this week, and about 1.48 million people voted via mail.

Around 870,000 Republican voters cast their ballots, compared to 808,000 Democrats. There are about 13 million registered voters in Florida.

Floridians are voting between the hotly contested race between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum or former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis for governor. Outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, is challenging U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson for the U.S. Senate seat.

NBC News reported earlier this week that Republican-affiliated voters have voted more than Democratic-affiliated voters in early voting across several battleground states.

Republican-affiliated voters surpassed Democratic-affiliated voters in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee, and Texas, according to the report, citing TargetSmart.

In Tennessee, 63 percent of early voters are affiliated with the Republican Party, and only 30 percent are aligned with Democrats, NBC noted.

NBC also reported that more than 8 million people have voted early, outpacing 2016.

“Republican-affiliated voters make up 44 percent of the early voting electorate and Democratic-affiliated voters make up 40 percent,” said the report.

The Cook Political Report also said that 11 days from Nov. 6, “it seems that the overall Senate playing field won’t change much, although it appears that some of the races in Toss Up are getting even tighter, if that’s possible.”

“That said, it is getting more difficult to see a path to the majority for Democrats. With Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp heading for defeat in North Dakota, Democrats now need a net gain of three seats to win the majority,” according to the report.