Early voting for the presidential election has begun, and the numbers might not be exactly what Democrats expected. In fact, it’s just the opposite of what they’ve been predicting all along.
So far, the GOP has been leading the way in Florida. With almost one million votes cast by mail on Friday, Republicans showed a 17,000-person advantage in returns, according to LifeZette.
That trend could indicate how the election will turn out when all is said and done.
Moreover, in states where Democrats have been doing better than Republicans, the number of Democrats that have turned in ballots was lower than it was in 2012, which could indicate a low Democrat voter turnout. That’s not surprising, considering their nominee.
In Iowa and Ohio, for example, Democrats appear to be lacking the enthusiasm they had in 2008 and 2012.
Michael P. McDonald, an associate professor at the University of Florida, wrote that as of Oct. 16, the number of requested ballots for Democrats was down 42,397 from a similar point in time in 2012.
Republicans are close to exceeding past performances in Iowa early returns. McDonald said the GOP was down 14,099 from a similar point in 2012 on Oct. 7, but down only 2,221 by Oct. 14. So it looks like more Republicans are taking the time to vote early.
Brittany Warner, Ohio Republican Party communications director, said it appeared that Democrats were “cannibalizing their base to vote early.”
“Republicans are seeing high interest so far from newly registered voters and low-propensity Republican voters. Democrats appear to have stronger numbers for in-person (early) voting — but that’s always the case, as our base is typically (made up of) Election Day voters.”
It’s perhaps those newly registered voters who will cast votes for Trump that will leave Democrats stunned on Election Day.
These numbers might surprise Democrats and the mainstream media, who have done everything imaginable to make it appear as though GOP nominee Donald Trump doesn’t stand a chance against Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.
However, when you look at the amount of support Trump has managed to garner since he launched his campaign, it isn’t surprising at all. The sheer number of supporters who attend his rallies in comparison to the size of the crowds Clinton draws indicate that Trump has resonated with many, many people — people who are willing to get out and vote for him.
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