It’s been four long days since polls closed. A Saturday noon deadline for Florida counties to provide the state with unofficial vote tallies passed with no new numbers.
President Barack Obama overcame the nation’s high unemployment rate, sluggish job growth and economic recovery, and did it while actually expanding the base of voters from 2008 to 2012.
Less than 24 hours before Election Day, Democrats in Florida have jumped to a 167,000 vote lead over Republicans out of the 4.5 million early votes and absentee ballots that have been cast thus far.
With the 2012 general election likely to be extremely close in Florida, voters and poll watchers will be on high alert for any possible irregularities at the polls throughout the day Tuesday.
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have been courting the Latino vote across the country heavily throughout the campaign. But, if a new poll’s lead holds up for President Obama, he could win enough swing states to take the Electoral College.
Despite calls to extend early voting hours in the state of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has rejected the requests despite reports of record turnouts and long lines of voters at poll sites statewide.
Early voting is well underway across Florida, but in South Florida if you’re heading to the polls early, make sure to bring plenty of patience with you.
Early voting is almost half-way over and between it and absentee ballots, nearly 2.7 million ballots have already been cast in Florida, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
Absentee ballots have been going out for weeks and the return rate could be foreshadowing a record turnout on Election Day.
With the third and final debate in the books, both candidates are beginning the stretch run to the finish line in the 2012 presidential election. One of the most coveted demographics, Latino voters, seems to have found their candidate as well.