Democrats Have Huge Early Voting Lead, Republicans Need to Get Out the Vote to Elect Trump

National   |   Andrew Trunsky   |   Sep 11, 2020   |   12:54PM   |   Washington, DC

Democrats are building a sizable lead over Republicans in early voting, leading some Republicans to worry that their electoral success will be contingent on an enormous Election Day turnout amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Politico reported Friday.

Democrats’ lead exists in numerous states that have begun accepting absentee ballot requests, including multiple swing states like North Carolina and Pennsylvania, according to secretary of state offices across the country Politico reported. Democrats also lead in early voting in New Hampshire, Ohio, Iowa, according to Politico.

In Florida, the largest swing state in the country, Democrats have requested ballots at a rate 50% higher than Republicans, according to state data.

Democrats are also registering more voters than Republicans in multiple swing states, according to Politico. In Pennsylvania, nearly 415,000 voters have registered as Democrats while just over 280,000 have registered as Republicans, according to TargetSmart, a Democratic analytics firm.