MIAMI — The first polls in Florida closed at 7 p.m. Eastern time. (Remember that the Panhandle is on Central time, so the polls there close at 8 p.m. Eastern.)
While there will not be any statewide results until after voting in the Panhandle is complete, results will soon start posting from early votes in key counties. That includes Miami-Dade County, where Democrats have been fretting about their turnout.
Other key counties are Pinellas, in the Tampa Bay area; Seminole, near Orlando, and Duval, home to Jacksonville. Also keep an eye on St. Lucie, which went for former President Barack Obama twice and then swung to President Trump in 2016. And for a look at Republican base turnout, there is Sumter County, home to The Villages retirement community.
The most competitive congressional race in the state is in the 26th District, which stretches from the western Miami suburbs to Key West. But there is also an open seat north of Tampa worth monitoring.
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