(CNN) – Nearly a third of Florida’s Republican primary voters weighed in via early voting or absentee ballot, according to exit polls.
Mitt Romney – who has advertised more heavily in the state than any other candidate, and had a well-funded system in place to reach the early voters and absentees – had been expected to make a particularly good showing among that group. John McCain who began advertising in the state much later and who ran far fewer ads than Romney - had not been expected to do as well.
But Romney and McCain are tied for the lead among those voters in exit polls Tuesday, at 31 percent each. They are also tied among all voters who made their decision in the last week, at 36 percent each.
–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand