More than 13.8 million votes have been cast in pre-election voting ahead of the 2022 term



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More than 13.8 million pre-election votes have been cast in 44 states as of Thursday, according to data from election officials Edison Research and Catalist.

Florida continues to have the highest number of pre-election votes, with more than 1.9 million. Texas, California and Georgia also cast over a million votes.

Several statewide races are contested in Georgia this year, including for governor – Brian Kemp faces a rematch from four years ago against Democrat Stacey Abrams – and in the Senate, where Republican Herschel Walker is challenging Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a contest. this may decide the control of the chamber next year.

Some Florida counties began early voting earlier this week, but all counties are set to begin on Saturday. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is favored to win a second term in anticipation of a 2024 presidential bid. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio is also on the November ballot as he seeks a third term against Democratic Rep. Val Demings.

In California, gubernatorial and Senate races dominate the state’s midterm ticket, with Gov. Gavin Newsom seeking re-election and U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla seeking a full six-year term. Several races in the US House – in southern California and the state’s Central Valley – are also expected to be close.

In Texas, GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, another potential 2024 candidate, faces Democrat Beto O’Rourke in his bid for a third term. The state also hosts three key US House races in three south Texas districts, where Republicans hope to build on recent gains with Latino voters.

Some of the voter data comes from Catalist, which provides data, analytics and other services to Democrats, academics and nonprofits to help track who is voting ahead of November.