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Four Republican candidates vie for a Cape Coral State house seat next Tuesday in a primary race that would have been open to all voters, until a write-in candidate closed the primary to only Republican voters. 

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Two neighboring Southwest Florida counties saw both the largest jump in voter turnout from one presidential election to the next—as well as the most dramatic decrease.

Lawmakers are examining long voting lines in Florida and what to do about them – but apparently it was a broader problem. The New York Times reports on Tuesday studies suggest long lines were widespread, and Democrats say that may have cost them hundreds of thousands of votes nationwide.

That begs the question of why Florida was singled out in media reports for turning in its totals two days late.

Pasco Elections Supervisor Brian Corley on Tuesday told a Senate panel Florida had a good election.

The 2012 election will be remembered for revealing major demographic shifts among voters. NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro covered Mitt Romney during the campaign.

He was back in Florida recently to speak to the Lifelong Learning Center at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Shapiro said two-thirds of Hispanic voters cast a ballot for Barack Obama in 2008 and that percentage actually grew to three-fourths in 2012. 

A Florida professor found that Collier County had the highest percentage in the state of African-Americans whose absentee ballots were invalidated in the 2012 general election.