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Donald Trump leads in Miami-Dade County – at least in terms of poll watchers

DAVENPORT, IA - DECEMBER 05:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for a campaign event at Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds on December 5, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa. Trump continues to lead the most polls in the race for the Republican nomination for president.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

DAVENPORT, IA - DECEMBER 05: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for a campaign event at Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds on December 5, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa. Trump continues to lead the most polls in the race for the Republican nomination for president. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  (2015 Getty Images)

Donald Trump is way ahead of his political opponents – at least in terms of the number of poll workers in Miami-Dade County on Election Day.

The real estate magnate has 46 registered poll watchers working on Tuesday, according to The Miami Herald, which cited figures from the Miami-Dade Elections Department. The other candidates have none.

Juan Fiol, Trump’s campaign vice chairman in Miami-Dade, explains that they have a large number of poll watchers because they have so many supporters who want to volunteer in any way, shape or form to help their candidate.

“We have more volunteers than anybody else,” Fiol said.“A lot of people ask to volunteer.”

Poll watchers are a commonly used during the general election to make sure the precincts are operating without any hiccups. They are rarely used during a primary race – though experts say it doesn’t hurt to use them.

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“Poll watching provides verification that the process is running smoothly,” J.C. Planas, an adjunct professor of elections law at St. Thomas University told the Miami Herald. “I consider it an important part of any campaign’s legal strategy to make sure that the process is fair.”

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