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Florida Polls Show Similar Numbers To 2012 For Hispanic Turnout, White Women Supporting Trump

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Donald Trump narrowly won Florida over Hillary Clinton Tuesday night, and a CBS News exit poll indicated that Hispanic turnout was even with last year despite early voting.

The poll indicated that in Florida, Hispanics turned out in similar numbers as they did in 2012, even though there was evidence of a surge among Hispanics in early voting. Polls indicated that Hispanics made up about 18 percent of voters this year and were breaking for Democrat Hillary Clinton just as they did for President Barack Obama in 2012.

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About six in 10 Hispanics were voting for Clinton. Among Hispanic ethnic groups, most Cuban-Americans in Florida voted for Republican Donald Trump, while seven in 10 non-Cuban Hispanics voted for Clinton.

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The divide is more stark than four years ago, when Hispanics were not as strongly Democratic in their voting pattern.


White voters in Florida chose Trump two to one, while seven in 10 white voters cast their ballots for Clinton. Six in 10 white women were also voting for Trump regardless of education.

Turnout among younger voters was up very slightly, though one in 10 voters under 30 was voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Overall, most voters under 45 were voting for Clinton, while most voters 45 and over were voting for Trump.

As in 2012, the poll showed Trump was doing well in the conservative northern panhandle of Florida, and he was doing even better than 2012 nominee Mitt Romney on the West Coast of Florida and in the middle of the state. But six in 10 voters in the Miami Gold Coast region chose Clinton.

The Tampa and Orlando areas were divided.

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