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Florida says 1.6 million early voting ballots cast

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Published: Oct. 25, 2016 at 10:41 AM CDT
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About 1.6 million Floridians have already voted in this year's crucial

election.

New numbers released Tuesday by the state Division of Elections show nearly 300,000 voters went to early voting sites Monday, the first day it was offered in 50 counties. Another 1.3 million voters have mailed in ballots.

Florida is a battleground state and the start of early voting has prompted Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton to sweep through the state.

Trump is holding rallies Tuesday in Sanford and Tallahassee, while Clinton will hold a rally in Coconut Creek.

So far Republicans have a slight edge in early voting. Numbers show more than 665,000 Republicans have cast ballots compared to more than 658,000 Democrats. Nearly 251,000 voters with no party affiliation have voted.