Voters battle rain, hit the polls early - FOX 13 News

Voters battle rain, hit the polls early

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A steady flow of voters began lining up around the Bay area Tuesday – casting their vote in the 2012 Election that is coming down to the wire.

They were greeted by cloudy skies and moderate rain in the Bay area, but forecasters said it should clear up by the afternoon, leaving cooler weather in the evening as America decides between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.  

A large part of that decision will be influenced by what happens in Florida, home to 29 electoral votes. And a large part of what happens in Florida will be influenced by what happens here.

Florida attorney general Pam Bondi was out in support of Romney, standing beneath an umbrella as she greeted voters.  Students at USF lined up early to vote on campus, as did folks out at Trinity Baptist. As classes and work began and the rain fell, however, the lines died down.

According to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office, close to 167,000 people voted early and 144,000 voted by mail. In Pinellas County, more than 39,000 people voted early. By mail, that number jumps significantly to 214,000.

Those numbers could make lines today a little shorter, but it was still busy Tuesday morning. In some spots, people were waiting close to an hour.

Polls close at 7 p.m. If you're in line by 7, you will get to cast a vote.

Stay with Fox 13 and MyFoxTampaBay.com for live results when the polls close.

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