The Numbers Are In: North Carolina Democrats Crush Republicans In Early Voting
If the numbers from the first day of early voting in North Carolina are an indicator of how the November elections will turn out in a state which is mindbogglingly rigged in Republicans’ favor, then Democrats are looking good.
[su_center_ad]According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections: 118, 417 people voted on Day 1. Of those, 60,163 Democrats, 35,812 Republicans, 23,280 Unaffiliated and 162 Libertarians cast their ballots.
WCNC reports, “Democrats have long enjoyed an advantage in Early Voting, but these totals are closer to a presidential election instead of a midterm election, says political science professor and analyst Dr. Michael Bitzer.”
“It does not feel like a traditional midterm election.It is eye-opening for Republicans in particular, and especially the Thom Tillis campaign, simply because this should a lean GOP year,” Bitzer said.
In Mecklenburg County, Republicans are doing slightly better than Democrats outside the county, Bitzer said. He said that he believes the early numbers shows the enthusiasm of Democrats supporting Senator Kay Hagan.
“Potentially by early next week we may see comparable numbers to four years ago, even with fewer days for folks to be voting,” Bitzer said.
Senator Kay Hagan cast her ballot near Greensboro on Friday. Speaker Thom Tillis — who is only the second Republican to serve as House speaker since the turn of the 20th century — is considering early voting himself, however as of Friday night, nothing is official.
“The likelihood is Democrats will continue to dominate early voting. The big question is: Who is left to show up on Election Day? And I think with such a tight race is going to be important for both sides to get their supporters to the polls. It is incumbent for both parties to have their ground games in effect. This is a part of the strategy: early voting,” Bitzer said.
If Democrats turned out in each state to vote, this country would be a beautiful color. Vote.
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