Early voting totals fell sharply following FBI Director James Comey’s announcement on Friday regarding Hillary Clinton’s email investigation. According to unofficial numbers from the Broward Supervisor of Elections (SOE) Office, 29,001 early votes were cast on Friday, October 28th. On Friday afternoon, Comey announced the FBI was looking into new evidence in the email investigation.
This weekend was supposed to be a high water mark in the first week of early voting. Democratic operatives bragged turnout would increase thanks to local events including another whirlwind tour of Broward by Hillary Clinton. Instead, Early Vote numbers fell, hard.
Just 23,299 votes were cast on a dreary Saturday in South Florida. Numbers were worse on Sunday. SOE reports just 20,740 votes were recorded. A loss of nearly 10,000 votes from Friday.
Even more embarrassing, Hillary Clinton’s Sunday LGBT rally at a Wilton Manors nightclub translated to just 462 votes. By comparison, 1216 votes were cast on Monday in Wilton Manors.
On Sunday, Mrs. Clinton made her first visits to Broward’s historic African-American neighborhood along Sistrunk Boulevard, including stops at Mount Olive Church and Betty’s Soul Food restaurant. Clinton’s visit translated into 711 votes at the African-American Research Library. On Monday, 1252 votes were recorded at the same polling location.
Numbers were down across Broward except for the Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs. This area is considered to be a Donald Trump stronghold. Numerous Trump supporters rally at the location every day. The library is a few blocks from Trump headquarters in Broward.