The presidential election is still a month away, but disturbing new reports have revealed that Hillary Clinton may win the race before November 8.
The New York Times reported that with early voting already underway, Clinton has started reaping the benefits of the Democrats’ efforts to register voters early. The first wave of data from states like Florida and North Carolina show that Clinton had gained a slight edge over Donald Trump even before his damning audio clip leaked over the weekend in which he made lewd comments about women over eleven years ago.
Democrats have requested more ballots in Florida than they had at this point in 2012, with increases reaching 50% in heavily hispanic areas around the cities of Orlando and Miami.
This comes as record numbers of people are expected to cast votes before the election. More than 40% of people in swing states will have voted before November 8, meaning the winner could be known prior to November.
Despite this, Florida Republicans have significantly narrowed a voter registration gap with Democrats since 2012, when it stood at more than half a million. As of mid-September, this gap had decreased to just over 274,000. This is crucial, since Trump will likely lose the entire election if he loses Florida.
“We’ve really moved the margins in so many of these states,” said Chris Young, the national field director for the Republican National Committee. “And the reality is the Democrats are out of time when it comes to voter registration. In a majority of states, they’ve got a week, maybe two, tops.”
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