Voter turnout in prominent swing state already surpasses 2000 election total

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By Nathan Rousseau Smith, Buzz60

The big day is finally here.

The candidates and their superstar supporters are pleading with voters to head to the polls.

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But one crucial state has already surpassed their voter turnout from the 2000 election, Florida.

Already, nearly 6.5 million Floridians have cast their votes, either by absentee ballot or through early voting.

That's about a half million votes more than the total votes cast in the contentious 2000 race between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

16 years later, the Sunshine State's population has risen by about 3 million people, reaching nearly 20 million.

Florida has become a crucial state for this year's presidential race. With both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigning heavily in the state as the two are in a dead heat.

But with a large Hispanic turnout recorded during early voting, Clinton could surpass Trump's edge in the swing state.

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Members of the New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau stand watch outside U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's Trump Tower ahead of the U.S. presidential election in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 7, 2016.

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New York City policemen await assignments during a muster outside the Javits Center where Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is due to give her election night address on November 7, 2016 in New York City. Both Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump are spending election night in New York City.

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Members of the U.S Army National Guard monitor the Oculus transportation hub ahead of the U.S presidential election in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 7, 2016.

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A member of the New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau monitors the National September 11 Memorial and Museum ahead of the U.S presidential election in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 7, 2016.

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Members of the U.S Army monitor Grand Central Station ahead of the U.S presidential election in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 7, 2016.

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Members of the New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau stand with a doorman outside U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's Trump Tower ahead of the U.S. presidential election in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 7, 2016.

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A New York City Police Department officer stands at Times Square in New York, U.S., November 7, 2016.

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An officer with the New York Police Department Transit Bureau K-9 unit walks through Times Square in New York, U.S., November 7, 2016.

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A member of the New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau stands guard outside the New York Hilton Midtown where Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's election night rally will take place in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 7, 2016.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 7: New York City Police vehicles are parked in Times Square ahead of a press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill, November 7, 2016 in New York City. With both presidential candidates holding their election night events in New York City, the NYPD has stepped up security ahead of election day.

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