Skip to comments.Republicans point to early vote gains in Ohio
Posted on 10/18/2012 11:14:02 PM PDT by Arthurio
Middleburg Heights, Ohio (CNN) - They got smoked in the early voting game in 2008, but this time around Republicans are closing the gap with Democrats.
Most observers here expect the early vote to tilt toward President Barack Obama, as it did in 2008. The Obama campaign has worked overtime to get their supporters to vote early and successfully sued the Ohio secretary of state to keep early voting locations open through the weekend preceding Election Day.
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Since early and absentee voting began on October 2, more than 1.4 million Ohio voters have voted or requested an absentee ballot. Almost a third of Ohio voted early in 2008, and Democrats expect that number to be even higher in 2012.
But Republicans have polished their early vote operation since 2008.
Four years ago, Democrats made up about 42% of the early and absentee vote while Republicans made up 22% - a dismal 20-point deficit that contributed to Sen. John McCain's defeat in Ohio.
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Romney is going to win!
When Ohio is called for Romney on election night a visit to Dummyland will feature big-time fireworks on display. They have been claiming Ohio is a slam dunk for the “chosen one”.
Make your reservations early!
Key stat here: GOP in EARLY voting pulling over 5% more from indies. At the current rates, without any advantage from Is, Romney wins OH. With this rate of Indies, it should be a 3-5 point Romney victory.
we’re going to know around 10 pm est that Obama is gone. Early returns will show him in trouble in more states that anyone thought possible.
Key stat: R getting 5% more than Zero from Indies. Combined with vote turnout differential, that’s the od ball game. I can’t read I any other way.