AP: Over 16 Million Ballots Have Been Cast In 31 States

November 3, 2014 12:29 PM
AP: Over 16 Million Ballots Have Been Cast In 31 States
" ATLANTA (AP) — More people have voted early in at least 10 states than in 2010, and Republicans and Democrats alike say the numbers show they have the advantage in key Senate and gubernatorial races heading into Tuesday.

Perhaps nowhere is the debate over who benefits from the early turnout fiercer than in North Carolina, where Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is seeking a second term. Her race with Republican challenger Thom Tillis, the state house speaker, is among the matchups that will decide whether Republicans will pick up the six seats they need to retake control of the Senate.

Registered Democrats in the state have out-voted registered Republicans by almost 16 percentage points through Sunday, casting 47.6 percent of the 1.15 million early ballots. The overall total is up by almost 200,000 votes from 2010.

Ben Ray, a spokesman for the Democrats’ joint campaign office in North Carolina, said the gap exceeds Democrats’ 9-point advantage at this point in 2010. The raw numbers also give Democrats reason for optimism, as both blacks and women make up a larger share of the early vote than in 2010, when Republican swept statewide races in the state "

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