Early voting is going to be a Big Deal this election.
This isn’t just about the presidential race, but about all races that are open to early voting. Some states have their polls open now. Does that benefit one side more than the other?
Obviously, Obama is riding high on a stock-drop bubble, so that would appear to favor him. On the other hand, some pundits think that he will maintain or increase his lead, which means early voting isn’t necessarily great. And in some of the swing states, now doesn’t look like the best time.
Congressional dems don’t seem to have made as much hay from the economic worries. Maybe they would given more time? Maybe this is as high as it gets?
On the other other hand, perhaps it’s only the most partisan who are voting this early anyway, so the next few weeks don’t matter.
Obama seems to be the leader in many states with ground game, but does this preempt the ground game?
States with voting currently underway or starting before the first debate with the polling leader in ():
(I know that Ohio starts 9/30. If others have data about their states, holler.)