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  [NV] Democrats lead Republicans in preliminary tally as early voting ends
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News DateSunday, October 31, 2010 08:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBut GOP eagerness to vote may be higher

By ED VOGEL

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU

CARSON CITY -- About 6,600 more Democrats than Republicans turned out to cast ballots in the two weeks of early voting in Nevada, according to preliminary numbers released Saturday.

But since there are 60,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans in Nevada, the figures mean GOP voters may have been more eager to vote early than the Democrats.

In the two weeks of early voting that ended Friday night, 379,589 Nevadans cast ballots. Of them, 42.9 percent, or 162,774, were Democrats, while 41.1 percent, or 156,150, were Republicans. Sixteen percent, or 60,665 of the early voters, were nonpartisan or members of minor parties.

But of the state's 1,119,576 active registered voters, just 36.7 percent are registered Republicans, while 42 percent are Democrats and 21.3 percent are nonpartisan or belong to other parties.

Secretary of State Ross Miller said he expects 60 to 65 percent of active registered voters will cast ballots in the election. That would mean about 700,000 total votes, an indication that more than half of all ballots may have already been cast.
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