As of this morning, which accounts for all early in-person ballots cast through the final day (Sunday, March 13) of early voting as well as all absentee ballots processed by the state’s 67 SOEs this morning, over 2 million votes have been cast ahead of Florida’s 2016 presidential preference primaries. Roughly 2.038m, to be more precise.
Over 1.136m Republicans have voted, including 657.1k absentee ballots and 479.2k early in-person voters.
Nearly 846.8k Democrats have voted, including 481.1k absentee ballots and 365.7k early in-person voters..
Not surprisingly, Florida’s electorate is old. Over 61.5% of the total votes cast have been by voters over the age of 60. Less than 6% of the total votes cast (GOP, Dem, and NPA/3rd parties) have cast by voters under the age of 30.
White Republicans over the age of 60 still dominate the GOP presidential primary electorate: over 635k white Republicans have cast ballots, or nearly 65% of the total Republican ballots cast thus far. Hispanics registered as Republicans have cast a total of 117.3k ballots, or roughly 10% of the total Republican votes cast.
On the Democratic side, older white voters also make up a majority of those who have voted in advance of tomorrow’s election. White Democrats have cast 535.9k ballots, or 63% of all Democratic ballots cast thus far. Of those 535.9k ballots cast by white Democrats, nearly 67% have been cast by voters over the age of 60. Hispanics registered as Democrats have cast 85.3k ballots (10%), and blacks registered as Democrats have cast nearly 187.0k ballots (22%).
Be very weary of pollsters who haven’t been weighting their early votes (early in-person and absentee) by these figures. They might be heavily #Skewed.