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Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama in absentee ballots in Fla - but is it enough?

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October

The Mitt Romney campaign says there is tangible evidence of the momentum toward Romney after his strong debate performance last week: absentee ballot request and returns.

"Our supporters literally can’t wait to vote for Governor Romney – and they are doing it early," said spokeswoman Jill Bader.

Here are the numbers, show GOP voters are leading Democrats in absentee ballot request by more than 4 percent and in returns by more than 7 percent:

Florida
AB Requests:
 
REP 855,344 (43.40%, +4.43)
DEM 767,968 (38.97%)
 
AB Returns:
REP 12,323 (45.54%, +7.51)
DEM 10,289 (38.03%)
 
On the other hand....Republicans in Florida have long had a superior absentee ballot operation, and Democrats say they are closing the gap. One Democratic operative offered up the following numbers to illustrate:
 
2008 Absentee Requests
DEM
489,333
35%
IND
212,493
15%
REP
698,355
50%
TOTAL
1,400,181
Dem Difference:
-15%
2012 Absentee Requests
DEM
784,478
39%
IND
355,171
18%
REP
871,920
43%
TOTAL
2,011,569
Dem Difference:
-4%

[Last modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 4:25pm]

    

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