The Buzz: Early vote leaning Obama's direction?
After four days of early voting last week, it looked likely that Barack Obama had taken the lead in ballots cast in Florida. We don't know how they voted, of course, but Democrats had cast 653,573 votes — 316,853 absentee mail votes and 336,720 votes at early voting locations. Republicans had cast 652,648 votes — 457,395 absentee and 195,253 early votes.
A St. Petersburg Times-Bay News 9-Miami Herald poll found that among voters who said they intended to vote on Election Day, John McCain had a 10-point advantage.
"We understand the Democrats are going to try to run up the score on early votes. In 2004 certainly Democrats had an advantage during the early vote period, so we anticipate that may happen again,'' said senior McCain adviser Mike DuHaime. "But I feel that our numbers in the absentee ballots, as well as the number of people who are going to turn out and early vote and the number of people that are going to turn out on Election Day, will more than compensate."
IS THAT COULD A LEAD FOR OBAMA, WHEN OBAMA GETS ONLY 80% OF HIS PARTY'S VOTE ACCORDING TO THE POLLS, AND WHEN THE POLL SHOWS THAT MCCAIN HAS A 10 POINT LEAD ON ELECTION DAY! THINK ABOUT IT!