Reporting Tim Kephart
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Based on early voting numbers statewide, it looks like Florida Republicans are coming out in droves to determine who will face President Barack Obama in November.
According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, 591,666 Florida Republicans have already cast their ballots by absentee vote or through early voting.
Based on the numbers, Florida Republicans expect the total turnout to be 1.5 million to 2 million at the end of the day Tuesday.
Locally, the numbers weren’t quite as high as some parts of the state.
In Miami-Dade County, 24,421 Republican voters hit polling precincts early. The West Dade Regional Library; Coral Gables Library; and Kendall Branch Library early voting sites had the most early voters, according to the Miami-Dade Elections Department.
A total of 132,828 Miami-Dade voters requested absentee ballots. Through Friday, 64,407 of those absentee ballots had been returned, or roughly 48 percent.
In Broward County, just a few more than 11,000 early votes were cast in the Presidential Primary as of Saturday evening, according to the Supervisor of Elections.
Early voting picked up steam last week in Broward, culminating with more than 3,200 early votes being cast on Saturday.