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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 BlackburnJudiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (R) are vying to fill Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerIt's time for Biden's Cuba GOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics Former GOP senator: Republicans cannot let Trump's 'reckless' post-election claims stand 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 RosenDemocratic senator demands Rand Paul wear a mask on Senate floor Overnight Defense: New START extended for five years | Austin orders 'stand down' to tackle extremism | Panel recommends Biden delay Afghanistan withdrawal Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee 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 TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend 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.