News Release: Associated Press News
By TAMARA LUSH
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- More people voted by mail in Pinellas County than in any other place in Florida during the 2012 general election and that could have a major impact on next week's special election to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young.
According to Florida political experts, the congressional race will be close between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly, and it could all come down to the absentee, or mail-in ballots. As of Monday, 53 percent of the registered Democrats who had requested mail-in ballots had returned them, while 52 percent of the Republicans had.
University of Florida political science professor Dan Smith said the winner of this election will be the part that "chases down" the most mail-in ballots.
Meanwhile, early voting is underway and runs through Sunday.