Early voting trends favor GOP
The congressional mid-term eletions are rapidly approaching, and in many states, residents are already casting ballots. What do those early numbers tell us? Indications are Republicans in key states are voting in greater numbers than Democrats:
Republican-affiliated voters have outpaced Democratic-affiliated voters in early voting in seven closely watched states, according to data provided by TargetSmart and independently analyzed by the NBC News Data Analytics Lab.
GOP-affiliated voters have surpassed Democratic-affiliated ones in early voting in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee and Texas, the data showed.
Only in Nevada have Democratic-affiliated voters exceeded Republican-affiliated voters so far in early voting, according to the data.
Not surprisingly, those states all feature high-profile races, either for Senate or governor. While early voting numbers do not indicate how the final vote will go, they do show Republican voters appear to have more enthusiasm than the conventional wisdom said they had even a few weeks ago.
The upshot is the possibility the Democrats' hoped-for "blue wave" may not materialize...at least not the the extent they need to take control of both houses of Congress.
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