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Tuesday's Leon County turnout surpasses early voting numbers

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 14:00:20-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Polls don't close in Florida for another two hours, but unofficial Leon County turnout numbers suggest turnout is at 30 percent.

Votes cast Tuesday have now surpassed early numbers.

Although we don't have poll results yet, here's a quick recap on who's running in the major races.

We begin with the Democratic governor's primary: Seven candidates are vying to be your next democratic nominee for governor.

They are Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine, Alex Lundmark, and John Wetherbee.

Meanwhile, eight candidates are competing for the GOP nomination: They are Don Baldauf, Ron DeSantis, Timothy Devine, Bob Langford, John Joseph Mercadante, Bruce Nathan, Adam Putnam, and Bob White.

Both Gwen Graham and Andrew Gillum have ties to Tallahassee.

Former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham is seeking to win the nomination in hopes of following her father, Bob Graham, into the governor's office. Meanwhile, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum is hoping to move down the road, from city hall to the governor's mansion.

We were live from Hotel Duval where Gillum's election results watch party will be held Tuesday night. 

Some of the final polls ahead of Tuesday night are showing what many political experts have expected all along. Gwen Graham is ahead, followed closely by Andrew Gillum and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.

Now, as we know, that doesn't mean it's a done deal. It's still a close race between the top democratic contenders trying to get into the governor's mansion.

However, this year, more Floridians voted early than ever before, so as early voting becomes more and more the norm, we get an earlier sense of who's ahead.

There is a ray of hope for Gillum and Levine: According to the latest poll from website Florida Politics, eight percent of Democrats are still undecided, and 5 percent say they're backing a second-tier candidate.

The winner of Tuesday night's election will go up against either Rep. Ron DeSantis or Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in November. Polling on the GOP side shows DeSantis could win the Republican bid by a long shot.