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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

John Deeth Blog: Iowa Dems hold edge in voter registration and absentees

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Democrats continue to hold nearly a two-to-one edge in absentee voting
in Iowa with a week to go until Election Day. Statistics from the Iowa
Secretary of State through Monday afternoon show Democrats with
218,000 ballots requested and 168,000 cast -- either by mail or in
person at a satellite voting location. Republican requests are at
130,000, with 96,000 cast. No party voters have requested 112,000
ballots and returned 76,000. The Democrats' apparent 88,000-vote edge
is more that George Bush's 10,000-vote margin of victory in Iowa four
years ago -- but then, John Kerry won the early vote, too, only to
lose on Election Day. Voter registration in Iowa has topped 2 million
for the first time, and, while voters with no party affiliation are
still the single largest group, Democrats hold a 5.5 percent edge over
Republicans.

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