By Bert Eljera
The total includes those who have sent back their absentee ballots, although the votes will be counted with the rest of the in-person votes on Tuesday.
Democrats are leading by more than 47,000 votes statewide, with about 44 percent of the early vote, while registered Republicans accounted for 36 percent of the vote, the secretary of state said.
Of those who had voted, 307,877 were registered Democrats while 259,913 were registered Republicans. There were 134,055 who were Independents or who they not disclose their party affiliations or 19 percent of the early voters.
This gives Democrats optimism that they will prevail in the end and garner Nevada’s six crucial electoral votes.
He told the Post, how the vote will break down is clear yet, but the Democrats hold a huge lead — 70,000 — in populous Clark County, where Las Vegas is located.
The more telling indicator may be the numbers from Washoe County, where Reno is located. Republicans and Democrats were neck-and-neck there, Damore said.
Romney needs a “huge” Republican turnout statewide, a strong Republican showing from independent voters and a poor turnout from Democrats, the Post reported.
In Nevada, Damore said, “Romney needs a miracle.”
What gives Republicans reasons to hope is that four years ago, Democrats led the early-voting by 12 percentage points. This year that gap has been cut to seven points, according to figures compiled by the Associated Press.
Given that Republicans often turn out on Election Day in disproportionate numbers, “we feel very good about where we stand in Nevada,” said Romney senior advisor Russ Schreifer last week.
But Democrats contend what really matters is not how Obama performed over McCain but how he is doing – and will finish – against Romney.
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