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Monday, November 03, 2008

John Deeth Blog: Election could be decided Monday

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

If John McCain is going to win Iowa, it will likely happen Monday. And
if Barack Obama is going to win Iowa, it's already happened. Depending
on how you look at it, it happened in the past six weeks, or it
happened starting two years ago. Record early voting, election day
voter registration, and ballot challenges may have a bigger impact on
Iowa's seven electoral votes than Tuesday's election day voting. Iowa
has seen unprecedented levels of early voting since ballots became
available Sept. 25. Through Saturday, 553,669 voters had voted early
or requested mailed ballots, and 481,179 ballots had been returned.
Democrats hold a 100,000 vote edge in requests. Early voting continues
through Monday. Absentee ballot boards start the work of processing
these ballots Monday, opening envelopes and dealing with challenges to
absentee ballots.


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