Presidential candidates and their surrogates made their final pitches for Florida’s votes on Monday, even as polls suggest there may be little suspense on election night in the state for either Democrats or Republicans.
With 99 winner-take-all delegates up for grabs on the GOP side, Florida is the biggest prize of Tuesday’s contests. Statewide, more than 2 million Floridians have already cast absentee ballots or voted early. Republican voters edged Democratic turnout, with more than 1.1 million Republicans casting early votes, compared to fewer than 850,000 Democrats.
Polling sites across the state open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., though voters still waiting in line at 7 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot. Other states voting include North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.
There were signs of renewed enthusiasm among Florida Republican voters: Of all the Republicans who have voted so far, 43 percent didn’t participate in the 2012 presidential primary, according to numbers crunched by Daniel Smith, a professor at the University of Florida, who said the enthusiasm may boost the outsider candidate in the race: Donald Trump.