Democrats Lead in Early Battleground Voting

By Danny

Oct 22, 2008 4:16pm

ABC News’ Hope Ditto and Ferdous Al-Faruque Report: There may still be 13 days remaining until the Election, but some voters have already cast their ballots. The early numbers in key battleground states show Democrats are outperforming Republicans.   

In the first day of early voting in Florida, this past Monday, almost double the number of Democrats came out to vote as did Republicans.  More than 81,800 Democrats voted compared to 42,700 Republican voters and 21,100 Independents.

However, Republicans hold a lead in Florida among returned absentee ballots. According to numbers from the beginning of this week, more than 295,000 Republicans had returned absentee ballots compared to 199,800 Democrats and almost 76,800 Independents. 

Iowa, another battleground state, absentee ballot returns show Democrats outnumbered Republicans nearly two to one. Almost 113,000 Democrats have returned their ballots compared to over 61,000 Republicans.

In North Carolina, 34 percent of all one-stop absentee voters, or in-person early voters, are African Americans. Looking down the aisle, 22.9 percent are Republicans and 60.7 percent are Democrats.

In Georgia, 57.7 percent of early voters are women and 35.6 percent are African American. As of today almost 826,000 ballots have already been cast with over 705,000 of those votes made in person.
 
In New Mexico, 35.5 percent of returned absentee ballots are from Republican voters, compared to 56.3 percent who are Democrats.

The tide is going in the opposite direction in Pennsylvania, where 39 percent of returned absentee ballots come from Democrats, and 53 percent from Republicans. This is especially interesting when considering Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has devoted a large chunk of his remaining resources toward an eleventh hour victory in Pennsylvania.

In 35 states and the District of Columbia, voters have the opportunity to vote in person prior to November 4th. .

Additionally, all 50 states and the District offer mail-in absentee ballots for people unable to make it to the polls on Election Day. Not only does this increase the convenience for the electorate, it also gives an idea of what kind of turnout to expect come Election Day.

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