Early voting results show Obama with turnout lead (+video)
Early voting results give both Democrats and Republicans hope for a victory. Democrats have done more early voting, but Republicans note the early voting turnout is lower than in 2008.
Republicans said they see hope in early voting results in key states, which mostly shows Democrats casting more early ballots but not at the pace that Obama set in his victory in 2008 over Republican John McCain by 7 percentage points.Skip to next paragraph
Subscribe Today to the Monitor
"What we're seeing consistently ... is that there is a general underperforming in places where President Obama needs to do well and there's an over-performing in places where Governor Romney does well," Romney's political director Rich Beeson said on "Fox News Sunday."
Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said Obama's early leads in states like Nevada and Iowa and the vital swing state of Ohio would hold up on Election Day, even if he does not repeat the size of his victory in 2008.
"I'm not suggesting we're going to win by the same margin we won in 2008. They are comparing themselves to John McCain, who had virtually no ground operation in many of these states," Axelrod said on "Fox News Sunday."
"So, yes, they are going to do a little better than McCain did, and we may not do as well as we did in 2008, but we're doing plenty well - and well enough to win this race," he said.
The Associated Press reports that thousands of people waited for hours in long lines during the last weekend of early voting in Ohio.
At some sites Sunday, lines snaked for several city blocks and it took hours to cast a ballot. In Cleveland, more than 2,500 people braved the cold in a line that stretched two blocks on Sunday afternoon.
In Akron, voters waited an average of two hours to vote Sunday. In Columbus, 15,000 people waited in line for as long as two hours from Friday through Sunday to cast early ballots in a state that could decide the presidential election.
In Cincinnati, several thousand voters waited for as long as four hours in sometimes-rainy chilly weather.
About 1.6 million people have voted early in Ohio.
In Indiana, residents have only a few more hours to cast early ballots for this year's hotly contested presidential, Senate, governor's and other races.
Voters can cast early in-person ballots for Tuesday's election until noon Monday at county courthouses and other locations around the state.