40% May Vote Early This Year

Obama holds sizable advantage so far

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 27, 2012 6:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – A record number of votes will be cast this year before Election Day rolls around, predicts Reuters. It quotes political scientists who think the figure will be somewhere around 35% to 40%—and once again, the trend looks to favor President Obama. He's up 54-39 among early voters so far, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling data. (No wonder the president himself voted early himself.) Of course, Hurricane Sandy could put a dent in the numbers this week. Maryland, for example, is rolling out generators today for early-polling stations, notes the Maryland Gazette.

President Obama, left, is among early voters this year. He cast his ballot Thursday in Chicago.
President Obama, left, is among early voters this year. He cast his ballot Thursday in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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