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article imagePoll: Romney leads early voting 52 to 45 percent

By Larry Clifton     Oct 30, 2012 in Politics
Mitt Romney has reversed the early-vote advantage Barack Obama held in 2008 against John McCain, according to a Gallup Poll released Oct. 29. The poll shows Romney leading Obama among early voters by 7 points nationwide, 52% to Obama’s 45%.
Meanwhile, the percentage of voters who did or intended to vote early was 33% in 2008 and remains at 33% today.
In 2008, early voters were more likely to say they had voted for Barack Obama than for John McCain by a 55% to 40% margin, according to a Gallup Poll published on Halloween that year.
When Romney’s current early voter lead is added to Obama’s 2008 lead over McCain, it creates a 22-point spread that suggests that Obama’s early voter deficit will show up on Election Day as well.
While Election Day voters will surely tighten the 22-point accumulative Obama deficit, Romney’s current 7-point lead with early voters is close to Gallup’s nationwide survey out Monday showing Romney with a 5-point lead among likely voters.
Mr. Obama, trailing among likely voters and early voters less than a week before Election Day 2012, suggests that his campaign may be in double jeopardy.
More about elections 2012, Romney, Obama, Early voters, Gallup poll
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