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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Romney big winner in Pennsylvania absentee voting

This morning President Obama’s campaign indicated they are going on the air in Pennsylvania and sending Joe Biden to the state trying to protect a state that just one week ago was considered to be safe ground.  One possible reason? The enormous GOP edge in absentee ballot returns in the state, creating an enormous and unexpected hole for the President’s campaign to dig out of. 
In 2008 the GOP edged the Democrats by just 2% in absentee returns. As of today the GOP’s lead is 18.8% — a 16.9% bump in a state Obama won by 10% in 2008. Republicans have turned in 55.2% of the absentee ballots to date while the Democrats have returned just 36.4%.
How many voters in Israel are registered in Pennsylvania anyway? Acccording to iVoteIsrael.com, there are 163,395 American voters in Israel, of which about 5% (8,170) come from Pennsylvania. But there have been over 115,000 absentee ballots cast in Pennsylvania, so this one isn't (as of statistics available now) the Israelis' fault.


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