Why do Republicans hate early voting? Hillary Clinton’s huge lead with early voters might have a lot to do with it.
The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll results were released on Saturday and show Hillary Clinton with a massive 15 point lead over Donald Trump as the early voting period goes into full swing.
‘With 11 days to go before the U.S. presidential election, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 15 percentage points among early voters surveyed in the past two weeks, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project.’
The data shows Hillary Clinton leading with early voters not just in swing states like Ohio and Arizona, but in the deep red GOP strongholds of Georgia and Texas, where Trump is favored to win. Reuters still doesn’t have the early voting numbers from Florida and North Carolina, but the polls also show those states leaning towards Hillary Clinton.
According to the University of Florida’s U.S. Election Project, over 19 million of us have taken advantage of the early voting period, that’s 20 percent of registered voters. This makes sense, given the four-to-seven point lead Hillary Clinton has enjoyed over the past few weeks. The Reuters/Ipsos poll’s findings are also similar to the lead president Barack Obama had over Mitt Romney back in 2012.
And the news keeps getting better…Polls also show Hillary Clinton on track to win the 270 votes from the Electoral College that she needs to win the White House.
‘As of Thursday, Clinton’s odds of receiving the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency remained at greater than 95 percent, according to State of the Nation polling results released Saturday. The project estimated she would win by 320 votes to 218, with 278 votes solidly for the Democrat.’
Donald Trump still has a chance of winning, so the Democrats can’t start popping the champagne and releasing the balloons yet. But the Orange Revolution’s chances are swiftly dwindling as reality keeps dropping boulders on his every-narrowing path to victory. As for the FBI’s bogus “new investigation” of Hillary’s emails, those turned out to be Anthony Weiner’s emails, and no one cares.
So why is the Democratic candidate leading with early voters? Because early voting makes it easier for people to vote. And when we make it easier for people to vote, Republicans tend to lose. Face it, the GOP’s policies hurt most voters, and aside from the highly motivated believers who reliably turn out rain or shine, most of us know it.
No wonder the GOP opposes early voting while aggressively pushing voter ID laws and other vote suppression measures. As the New York Times points out:
‘It’s become an accepted truth of modern politics that Republican electoral prospects go up as the number of voters goes down. Conservatives have known this for a long time, which helps explain their intensifying efforts to make it harder to vote, or to eliminate large numbers of people from political representation entirely.’
As Rachel Maddow explains in her report on early voting in North Carolina, “When you don’t make it harder for people to vote, they vote!” Hillary Clinton now has an 8-point lead in the Tar Heel State, and, according to Maddow, if Donald Trump loses North Carolina, he loses the election.
WATCH: Rachel Maddow reports on early voting in North Carolina.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 29, 2016
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