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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 BlackburnDems vow swift action on gun reform next year Blackburn calls for addressing mental health issues after California shooting Dems to ramp up oversight of Trump tech regulators MORE (R) are vying to fill Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerJuan Williams: Trump's hostile takeover of the GOP Divided Congress to clash over Space Force, nuclear arsenal Flake not ruling out 2020 run against Trump 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 HellerSinema invokes McCain in Senate acceptance speech Sinema defeats McSally in Arizona Senate race The Memo: Dem hopes for 2020 grow in midterms afterglow MORE is facing Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenSinema invokes McCain in Senate acceptance speech Sinema defeats McSally in Arizona Senate race The Memo: Dem hopes for 2020 grow in midterms afterglow 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 to oust Nielsen as early as this week: report California wildfire becomes deadliest in state’s history Sinema’s Senate win cheered by LGBTQ groups 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.