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State says Election Day starts smoothly

Polling places throughout Florida opened on time for Tuesday’s high-stakes general election, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said.

A news release from Detzner’s office didn’t report any issues at polling locations.

“Division of Elections staff is communicating with each county supervisor of elections throughout the day, and we stand ready to provide any needed assistance,” Detzner said in a statement.

Numbers posted Tuesday morning by the division indicated 5.21 million ballots had been cast through early voting and vote-by-mail, representing 39.2 percent of the state’s 13.28 million voters.

Democrats had accounted for 2,112,416 ballots cast and Republicans 2,089,664. Republicans had cast more vote-by-mail ballots while Democrats topped early voting.

Polls will close at 7 p.m., with races for Governor and U.S. Senator drawing national attention.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum voted Tuesday morning in rainy Tallahassee, while Republican nominee Ron DeSantis voted in St. Johns County.

“We are excited about today,” Gillum said. “We’re hopeful that it won’t be raining in the rest of the state and that we’ll do what we have to do to bring out a good victory.”

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