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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Close to thirty percent of the state’s more than 12.8 million eligible voters have already cast ballots for the November 8th general election, with registered Republicans holding a slight edge over Democrats.

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Nearly 1.8 million Floridians have taken advantage of early-voting sites across the state in the first of the two weeks the voting option was available, according to numbers posted early Monday by the state Division of Elections.

Almost 2 million other Floridians have submitted vote-by-mail ballots.

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Voters from both major parties have returned more than 1.5 million ballots each, with Republicans ahead by almost 65,000 among vote-by-mail ballots as of early Monday. Democrats were up in early voting numbers by just over 55,000. Independents have returned more than 325,000 vote-by-mail ballots and cast over 300,000 early votes.

Floridians registered with third parties have accounted for nearly 50,000 vote-by-mail ballots and more than 40,000 early votes.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.