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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.

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In Indianapolis, the number of residents who've cast early ballots so far is down from 2008. But Marion County Clerk's office spokeswoman Angie Nussmeyer tells The Indianapolis Star that's likely due to this year's lack of satellite voting centers in Indianapolis, not reduced voter interest.

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The Evansville Courier & Press reports that early voting in southwestern Indiana's Vanderburgh County appears poised to eclipse the number of early ballots cast in 2008.

In 2008, a record quarter of all Hoosiers voters cast early ballots.

About a quarter of Arkansas' registered voters have cast ballots early in this year's general election.

Early voting wraps up Monday in Arkansas. Overall, Secretary of State Mark Martin predicts a similar turnout to the 2008 general election, when nearly 65 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

Martin says more than 371,000 voters had cast ballots as of late Friday. The state has about 1.6 million registered voters.

Voters are casting ballots on the presidential race and congressional races. Most of the campaign's focus has been on House and Senate races around the state as Republicans try to win control of the state Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction.

On Election Day, polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

About 30 million people have already voted in 34 states and the District of Columbia, either by mail or in person. No votes will be counted until Tuesday but some key states are releasing the party affiliation of those who vote early, reports the Associated Press.



Votes: 1.6 million

Democrats: 35 percent

Republicans: 37 percent



Votes: 4.3 million

Democrats: 43 percent

Republicans: 40 percent



Votes: 614,000

Democrats: 43 percent

Republicans: 32 percent



Votes: 702,000

Democrats: 44 percent

Republicans: 37 percent


North Carolina

Votes: 2.7 million

Democrats: 48 percent

Republicans: 32 percent



Votes: 1.6 million

Democrats: 29 percent

Republicans: 23 percent

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Sources: The Associated Press, state elections agencies and the United States Elections Project at George Mason University.

Note: Party affiliation in Ohio is based on the last primary in which a voter participated.


Associated Press Senior Elections Research Coordinator Cliff Maceda contributed to this report.

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