Election Day turnout in Florida was down significantly from 2016, as a lack of a competitive GOP primary, surging vote-by-mail totals and the coronavirus all kept voters away from the polls on Tuesday.
But the total number of votes in the Democratic primary between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders beat 2016 numbers as Florida Democrats voted by mail in record numbers.
By 10 p.m. Tuesday, 1,711,881 Democratic votes had been cast in the 2020 primary, surpassing the 1,709,183 Democratic votes that were cast in the 2016 primary.
The total number of votes cast at the polls on Tuesday by both Democrats and Republicans was projected to be just over 910,000, according to Let’s Preserve the American Dream, an advocacy group run by GOP pollster Ryan Tyson that analyzes data and conducts polling in multiple states. That’s down significantly from 2016, when just over 2 million Democrats and Republicans voted on Election Day.