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More than 13.8 million early votes have been cast ahead of the 2022 midterm elections

More than 13.8 million early votes have been cast ahead of the 2022 midterm elections

(CNN) — As of Thursday, more than 13.8 million early votes have been cast in 44 states, according to data from election officials as well as Edison Research and Catalyst.

The earliest midterm votes are still cast in Florida, with more than 1.9 million. Texas, California and Georgia have also each cast more than 1 million votes.

Georgia is home to several competitive statewide races this year, including for governor, where incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp faces a battle with Democrat Stacey Abrams from four years ago. Also, in the Senate, Republican Herschelle Walker is challenging Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a race that could decide control of the chamber next year.

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Some Florida counties began in-person voting this week, but all counties are set to begin on Saturday. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is the favorite to win a second term amid talk of a potential 2024 presidential bid. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is also in November’s vote as he runs Democratic Rep. Val is looking for a third term against Demings.

In California, the race for governor and Senate tops the state’s midterm elections. Governor Gavin Newsom is running for re-election and US Senator Alex Padilla is seeking a full six-year term. Several US House races are also expected to be close in Southern California and the state’s Central Valley.

In Texas, Republican Governor Greg Abbott, another potential 2024 candidate, is facing Democrat Beto O’Rourke in his bid for a third term. The state is also staging three major races for the US House of Representatives in several districts in South Texas, where Republicans hope to build on their recent gains among Latino voters.

Some voter data comes from Catalyst, a company that provides data, analysis, and other services to Democrats, academics and nonprofits advocating for a variety of issues and information about people who voted before November. provides.

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