Florida Primary Key To Party Nominations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democrats and Republicans are choosing who they want on November’s presidential ballot.

Polls will be open Tuesday in most of Florida from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time and an hour later in the western Panhandle.

The state has about 4.3 million Republicans and 4.6 million Democrats on active voter rolls. Another 3.2 million Floridians registered as independent or with minor parties can’t vote in the primaries.

About 2 million Floridians have already cast ballots by mail or at early voting sites.

The Republican primary is a winner-take-all contest for 99 delegates. While 14 names will be on the ballot, only Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are still competing.

The Democratic primary between Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will award 214 delegates proportionally.