DES MOINES, IA – They’re voting early, but let’s hope they’re not voting often, in Iowa, the first swing-state to hold early voting.
Of course, Iowa is also at the front of the line for caucuses, insisting that it has to be the first in the country to hold them.
Iowa isn’t the first state to hold early voting, but it is the first so-called swing state to do so.
Polls show President Obama and Mitt Romney in a statistical dead-heat in the state.
Republicans have about 18,000 more registered voters than Democrats, but at the close of business on Tuesday, more than 114,000 Democrats had asked for absentee ballots compared to about 22,000 Republicans. That’s more than a 5-to-1 margin.
Iowa has only six electoral votes to throw into the mix, but both candidates are spending tens of millions of dollars on television ads.
Obama carried the state by nine percentage points four years ago, and Democrats hope a good showing during early voting will carry the day again, and carry Obama back into the White House.