MIAMI (AP) _ Polls are now open across Florida, where a light voter turnout is expected in the state’s primary election.
A Republican U.S. Senate showdown highlights Florida’s primary today.
Polls in the Florida Panhandle opened at 7 a.m. CDT.
Republicans will choose between U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, former Congressman Dave Weldon and tea party favorite Mike McCalister in the GOP Senate race.
Democrats and Republicans are also voting in primaries for congressional, legislative and local races.
Mack is a heavy favorite. His father, Connie Mack III, is a former senator and his great-grandfather was a Hall of Fame baseball manager and he has benefited from a better-financed campaign.
The winner faces Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in November.
Nelson is seeking a third term in the U.S. Senate.