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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Early voting

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Here's a total as of 4 p.m. today on statewide early voting. More than 13,000 -- a pittance, but not all counties are represented.

Political junkies will be interested in the county breakdown and the differences in party voting -- 9,500 Dems and 3,700 Republicans. (Note to weisenheimer writer in Fort Smith who endorsed the crackpot in the Democratic race for U.S. Senate: quite a few Democrats voting in Sebastian County.) I know some paid hands who'd pay a bunch to know how those 800 Republican voters in Benton County (more than 20 percent of statewide total) have split in Senate and congressional race. About half the Republican vote comes from the Third Congressional District.

UPDATE: I may be wrong about vote turnout. As of 4 p.m., more than 6,000 early votes had been cast today, the second day of early voting. Last year, the secretary of state's office said, only 4,300 votes were cast on the second day and it was a presidential election year. Oops. I'm reminded we voted early for president in 2008. By the time the regular primaries rolled around, there was little left to vote on.

ALSO: Number crunchers note heavier Democratic vote in Saline and Faulkner counties than Republican. This is important turf for Gilbert Baker in his Republican Senate race. If voters there are choosing the Democratic ballot, it could hurt him.

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