Democrats led early voting. Now Trump needs to dominate Election Day

Democrats led early voting. Now Trump needs to dominate Election Day
At least 92 million people have voted early, either in person or by mail, a record. Source: USA TODAY
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Daily US Times: As Democrats dominate mail-in early voting, President Donald Trump, a Republican, will have to rely on strong in-person Election Day turnout among Republicans to defeat Joe Biden.

The spread of the coronavirus is surging in several Midwest battleground states – Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin – where the president needs Republican voters to flock to the polls.

The US President’s yearlong disparagement of mail-in voting turned off many of his voters to absentee ballots. Democrats embraced the early mail-in ballots, casting nearly double the mail-in ballots of Republican voters across the nation. Though Republicans narrowed the gap with in-person early voting, President Trump heads into Election Day facing a likely vote deficit in swing states and nationally.

According to the United States Elections Project, at least 92 million people have voted early, either in person or by mail, a record.

According to TargetSmart, a Democratic elections data firm that combines party information from states and its own modeling, Democratic voters accounted for 48.3% of all early votes cast, and Republicans accounted for 41.5%.

Voters with no party affiliation made up 10.2% of early mail-in ballots. Polling has shown Democratic candidate Joe Biden ahead with independent voters, although the margin has narrow.

Mr Trump has one day to reverse turnout trends.

Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart, said: “His voters have clearly listened to his call to avoid mail voting, and many of them are waiting for that Election Day experience to go out there.”

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