Republicans Outpacing Democrats in Early Voting

Early voting has already begun in most states and districts that allow the practice, but according to some reports, Republicans are ahead in this early indicator of the 2018 vote.

NBC News just posted an analysis by TargetSmart showing the results thus far in the early voting tabulations in key states. The data shows that Republican voters are leading Democrats in all states except Nevada.

The results thus far cause cautious optimism for the GOP holding its majority on both houses of Congress.

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With its October 22 report, NBC worriedly wondered, “Is the ‘blue wave’ turning purple?”

NBC went on to note that GOP voters are voting in heavier numbers in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee and Texas.

The latest data suggests robust enthusiasm among early Republican voters that could put a dent in Democratic hopes for a “blue wave” in next month’s midterm elections

NBC noted some specifics:

In Arizona — where two members of the House, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally, are in a neck-and-neck contest to fill retiring Republican Jeff Flake’s Senate seat — 44 percent of early voters had a Republican affiliation, compared to 33 percent who had a Democratic affiliation. Twenty-three percent of early voters were not affiliated with either major party, and thus grouped as “other” in NBC News’ partisan analysis.

In Florida — where Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is running for re-election in a tight race against Republican Gov. Rick Scott — 44 percent of early voters had a Republican affiliation, versus 38 percent who had a Democratic affiliation and 18 percent who were not affiliated with either party.

In Indiana — where Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is facing a re-election challenge from Republican businessman Mike Braun — 51 percent of early voters had a Republican affiliation, compared with 39 percent who had a Democratic affiliation and 10 percent who were not affiliated with either party.

In Montana — where Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is up for re-election in a state that President Donald Trump won by 21 points — 46 percent of early voters had a Republican affiliation, compared with 29 percent who had a Democratic affiliation and 25 percent who were not affiliated with either party.

In Tennessee — where former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen is in a close race with Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn to fill retiring Republican Bob Corker’s Senate seat — 63 percent of early voters had a Republican affiliation, compared with 30 percent who had a Democratic affiliation and 7 percent who were not affiliated with either party.

In Texas — where Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is attempting to hold off Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke — 53 percent of early voters had a Republican affiliation, compared with 43 percent who had a Democratic affiliation and 4 percent who were not affiliated with either party.

Even in Georgia where liberals have ginned up the lie that the Georgia Secretary of State (Republican Brian Kemp) is purging the voter roles to deprive minorities of their votes, Republicans are turning out heavier in early voting results — 52 percent for the GOP versus 43 percent for the left-wing party.

This must truly frighten the Democrat Party. To see their “blue wave” trickle to a faucet drip instead of taking them to power in Congress must be frustrating. After all the months of hate, protests, property destruction, physical assaults, and intimidation tactics, not to be clear leaders going into the November 6 election must really be galling them.

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.

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