LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County is a must-win in the race for president. Historically, the county skews republican, and has to stay that way if Donald Trump is to win Florida.
The past two elections, Polk County has favored the republican candidate. In 2012, Mitt Romney won the county by six percent, and in 2008, the county chose John McCain by four percent.
Early voting numbers are no indication of how Polk County will go. According to the most recent numbers provided by the Polk County Supervisor of Elections, (end of day November 6), 168,543 ballots were cast early or by mail-in vote. Of those, 65,804 voters are registered democrats, and 66,828 are registered republicans – a difference of just 1,024 votes.
Realizing the importance of Florida, the presidential campaigns made stops in Lakeland. Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine visited the area in September, and Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump rallied in Lakeland in October.
The polls are open in Polk County from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Find your assigned precinct here.