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   Why the early vote looks good for Democrats

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10/16/2012 10:30 am

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Aaron Blake

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Washington Post

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Entered 10/16/2012, Updated 10/16/2012

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It’s still very early in the early voting process, but at least for now, Democrats can be optimistic that they are building a lead in the 2012 presidential race. Absentee and early voting data from nine states that are generally viewed as competitive at the presidential level show Democrats requesting and returning more absentee ballots than they did in 2008 in Florida and Iowa. And in Iowa, where in-person early voting has already begun, those numbers are also strong for Democrats. In other states, the picture is too incomplete to be drawing too many broad conclusions at this point. “There’s certainly something going in on these states where more Democrats are casting mail ballots than Republicans, at a comparable point in 2008,” said Michael McDonald, an early voting expert at George Mason University. “It’s happening in Florida … and it’s happening in Iowa.”


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