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Democrats say superior voter registration, ground game will deliver Florida for Obama



With the deadline to register to vote in Florida coming tomorrow, the Obama campaign today touted its advantage over Republicans so far and said it is prepared to tap into a ground force to win the state.

"Over the last three months, Democratic registration in Florida has exceeded Republican registration by 32 percent," said Brent Colburn, national campaign communications director, in a conference call with reporters.

Last Thursday alone, he said, the Obama organization registered 10,415 voters.

In a separate email, Florida Democrats said they registered 18,063 more voters than Republicans in September, a 16 percent advantage that is even higher with Hispanics. "Overall, Democrats are beating Republicans in women registration by roughly 10-points," executive director Scott Arceneaux wrote. "Florida Democrats have built the strongest, largest ground game this state has ever seen — we are entering the final month in a strong position to win Democratic victories up and down the ticket."

Republicans, however, were pressing its advantage in absentee ballots. Colburn said the campaign was doing better than in the past on absentees and said the campaign would focus on early voting turnout.

"It frees up resources for us on Election Day to really focus in on voters who haven't voted yet. It kind of shrinks the pool of voters we're trying to mobilize. ... The folks that vote early are more likely to volunteers, they're more likely to get out, talk to their friends and neighbors about their experience and their support for the president. So we're going to keep trying to bank those votes."

[Last modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 4:01pm]


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