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Early voting returns show big gains for Clinton from...the GOP?

DES MOINES, IA - OCTOBER 28: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters following a campaign rally at Roosevelt High School on October 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. With less than two weeks to go until election day, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sour news is coming out of Florida for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, as early voting shows that a solid chunk of Republican voters are not filling in the box for the candidate with an "R" next to his name.

According to MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, a new poll was released Tuesday showing that over a quarter of Republicans have forsaken the GOP in order to throw their vote in with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The new TargetSmart/William & Mary poll, which will be released in full on Wednesday and was first shared on MSNBC, showed 28 percent of early Florida voters chose Clinton over Trump.

While this may be surprising news, it lines up with a national poll conducted by CNN in October which showed conservatives abandoning the Republican nominee in favor of the former secretary of state by 17 percent.

Overall, the poll showed that Clinton leads Trump 48 to 40 in percentage, with a much larger 18-point lead for Clinton from those who have already voted, showing a margin of 55 percent to 37 percent.

A recent Bloomberg Politics poll showed Trump with a 2-point lead in Florida, earning 45 percent of the vote to Clinton's 43 percent.

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