The polls open today in Florida for the Presidential Preference Primary as early voting begins in some counties.

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The deadline to register to vote in the Florida primary is today. The winner-take all race will set the tone for who’ll end up on the November ballot.

Election officials are urging voters if they haven’t picked a party yet pick one. Otherwise, they won’t be able to vote in the race. It’s a closed primary, which means only the state’s registered republicans and democrats can cast their ballots. 

The race for president is starting to heat up in the Tampa Bay area.  Donald Trump is coming to the University of South Florida Sun Dome tonight.

Several thousand people are expected to be at the 10,000-seat USF Sun Dome to see Donald Trump, who is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m.  A group of student protesters say they're planning to make their voices heard, as well, outside the event. It's his only scheduled Florida appearance, since Trump will be off to South Carolina to stump before next week's primary there.

Lawmakers are moving forward with a measure aimed at helping ensure more people’s votes are counted.

Florida is ready for the 2016 election, that’s what Secretary of State Ken Detzner told a panel of lawmakers during his confirmation hearing.