Strong early voting numbers in Louisiana ahead of election

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The campaign trail is heating up as Election Day draws closer and that means more and more people are turning to mail in and early voting.

More voters are casting their ballots early ahead of the November 6 midterm elections.

During the last midterm election, almost 3.19 million Floridians cast their ballots before Election Day.

This year's turnout handily surpassed in person turnout for the 2014 midterm and 2012 presidential elections.

In past presidential years, two-thirds to three-fourths of voters cast early ballots, de Leon said.

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A further 19 US states and the District of Columbia have also outperformed their 2014 early voting turnout, according to political scientist Michael P. McDonald of the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Early voting shows an impressive surge in voting among the younger demographic - but it's because they generally don't vote in large numbers historically.

New statistics released Wednesday by the state Division of Elections show registered Republicans still have the edge, casting 1.43 million ballots compared to almost 1.37 million by registered Democrats.

Nationwide, more than 4.3 million Americans have already voted.

The secretary of state's office predicts turnout will reach 30 to 35 percent on Election Day.

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