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Martin Simmons had a busy day Tuesday. He’s the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida for Congressional District One. He likes to talk about the history of the district. "The last time an incumbent lost running for reelection to the US House from this district was 1934".

Voters in Florida go to the polls Tuesday for the state primary: that is, those who haven’t already taken advantage of casting ballots early or by mail.

Escambia County ended just shy of 9,000 early voters, 8,826 is the unofficial turnout figure for the early voting period, August 20-27. David Stafford, Escambia County’s Supervisor of Elections, adds that figure is 103 percent over the 2014 primary, and up 32 percent over 2012.

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  Escambia Supervisor David Stafford says hours for six of the seven locations are nine a.m. until six p.m. The seventh, the Supervisor’s main office, closes an hour earlier.

“We looked at data, particularly from some other counties and also compared it to ours, and noted that counties that open a little bit later in the morning and stayed open a little bit later in the evening got more bang for their buck in that final hour,” said Stafford.

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Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump took to the podium Wednesday night at the Pensacola Bay Center. The visit signals a shift from the initial primaries to Florida in a few weeks.

While Trump has a comfortable lead in New Hampshire according to a new Monmouth University poll, a new Quinnipiac survey has him leading Ted Cruz by only 31-29% percent in Iowa, a dead heat within the margin of error. Trump has shifted the “birther card” from President Obama to Cruz, who was born in Calgary, Alberta to a Cuban father and a mother from Delaware.

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 Early voting in Escambia County for the August 26 primary kicked off Saturday morning, and runs through next Saturday, August 23.

Nearly 199,000 voters were registered in Escambia when the books closed late last month. That’s a 6% rise from the 2012 primary, which included a presidential ballot. But David Stafford, the county’s Supervisor of Elections, says the increase does not change his turnout prediction of around 25%.