Even as tourists are yanking levers at all hours in Nevada’s casinos in hopes of striking it rich, residents of the Silver State also are pulling levers, and odds in the early voting derby favor the Republicans. With the contentious battle between the GOP's Sharron Angle and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the national spotlight, Republicans turned out in slightly larger numbers than did Democrats during the first week of the early voting, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Republican turnout from Oct. 16 through Friday was 68,574, which amounts to 16.7 percent of active registered Republicans there, compared with 68,449 Democrats, toting up 14.5 percent of the registered Democrats, the Review-Journal reports. Also heading to the polls early were nonpartisan voters, tallying 24,346 in the first week for a turnout of 13.9 percent.
Republicans turned out in slightly larger numbers than Democrats statewide during the first week of early voting, according to the Nevada secretary of state's office.
Turnout is expected to ramp up this week, as more than half of Nevada residents normally head to the polls for early voting, which closes Friday, four days before the Nov. 2 midterms, the Journal-Statesmen reports.
The camps of Angle and Reid watching such factors closely, as the result of their close and bitter race is expected to pivot on which party can muster the vote.
Underscoring the importance the White House attaches to the race is the fact that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited the state last week, and first lady Michelle Obama is to stop in Vegas on the day before the election — as a campaigner rather than a bettor, although her goal is to increase Reid’s odds of winning.
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