John Deeth Blog: Democrats take estimated 30,000-vote lead in Iowa
Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
Five weeks before Election Day, Barack Obama likely has a lead of more
than 30,000 votes in Iowa, based on absentee ballot requests. But
Democrats will need to continue their early voting blitz--they won the
early vote in 2004 only to lose by a bigger margin on Election Day.
Through Thursday, the first day of in-person early voting, there were
62,024 absentee requests statewide from Democrats and 18,558
from-republicans. People not affiliated with a party have made 23,460
requests, and another 35 are from Greens and Libertarians. Republicans
will likely close that gap, though not all the way, before Election
Day. Democratic early voting efforts in recent years have focused on
door-to-door canvassing through the summer months.