GOP-affiliated voters outperforming Democrats in key states’ early voting: report

GOP-affiliated voters outperforming Democrats in key states’ early voting: report

Republican-affiliated voters are outpacing Democratic-affiliated ones in early voting in several states with key elections this fall, according to NBC News.

The news outlet, citing data provided by TargetSmart, reports that Republican-affiliated early voters are exceeding Democratic-affiliated early voters in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee and Texas. 

The only state where Democratic-affiliated voters are outperforming Republicans is in Nevada, according to the eight races for which TargetSmart provided data to the outlet. 

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Senate races in seven of those states have already begun.

NBC News notes that while the data may show a favorable sign for Republicans, the party normally dominates early voting by absentee ballots. 

Meanwhile, Democrats usually have an advantage when it comes to in-person early voting. 

The data shows that Republican-affiliated voters are far outpacing Democratic ones in states such as Tennessee and Montana. Sixty-three percent of early voters had a Republican affiliation in Tennessee, where former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) and Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGOP senators dodge on treatment of White House protesters Five things to know about Trump's legal power under the Insurrection Act Bipartisan senators call for investigation of TikTok's child privacy policies MORE (R) are vying to fill Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump asserts his power over Republicans Romney is only GOP senator not on new White House coronavirus task force McConnell, Romney vie for influence over Trump's trial MORE's Senate seat. Thirty percent had a Democratic affiliation. 

In Montana, where Sen. John Tester (D-Mont.) is up for re-election, 46 percent of early voters had Republican affiliation while 29 percent had a Democratic affiliation. 

In contrast, in Nevada where GOP Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE is facing Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mnuchin sees 'strong likelihood' of another relief package; Warner says some businesses 'may not come back' at The Hill's Advancing America's Economy summit The Hill's Coronavirus Report: CDC Director Redfield responds to Navarro criticism; Mnuchin and Powell brief Senate panel Hillicon Valley: Experts raise security concerns about online voting | Musk finds supporter in Trump | Officials warn that Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research groups MORE (D), 45 percent of early voters are Democratic and 38 percent are affiliated with the Republican Party. 

The data comes about two weeks before the midterm elections, as Democrats try to seize on opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says inviting Russia to G7 'a question of common sense' Pentagon chief does not support invoking Insurrection Act Dershowitz: Does President Trump have power to declare martial law? MORE to retake control of the House and the Senate.

Polls have shown Democrats with a solid chance of earning a majority in the House. On the other hand, Republicans appear to be the favorite to keep control of the Senate. 

More than 5 million votes have been cast early or absentee in the 2018 midterm elections as of Monday, according to NBC News.