With the presidential race going neck to neck in opinion polls, Obama has a wide lead among those who have voted early, according to a recent survey by Reuters/Ipsos.
Obama is 28 points ahead of Romney among early voters according to the data complied during the last few weeks. Out of all those surveyed, 7 percent said they have already voted. The online polling system is likely to effect the early voting more than it did in 2008, when 1/3 of the votes casted their ballots before the final election day. Residents of at least 40 states are currently involved in early voting.
Obama got an edge over Senatorin 2008 elections and he aims to do the same this time as well. While both campaigns are urging supporters to cast an early vote so each candidate can focus more fully on those who are still undecided, Obama campaign claims to be leading among early voters in Iowa and Ohio, and is just a little bit behind in other swing states than it was in 2008.
"We've made early investments in battleground states - where we've been registering folks and keeping an open conversation going with undecided voters for months - to build a historic grass-roots organization that will pay off when the votes are counted," spokesman Adam Fetcher said according to a report by Reuters.
While Obama campaign is rejoicing over its early voter lead, Romney campaign is boasting about post debate enthusiasm it has experienced among those who had already made up their mind as well as a few undecided voters.
Romney campaign insists that while Obama may be leading in swing states, early voters are on their side in several battle states like Florida, Nevada, Colorado and North Carolina. "Not only are we keeping pace with the vaunted Obama machine, but we believe our ground game will put us over the finish line on Election Day," said Rich Beeson, the Romney campaign's political director.
Despite what the polls on early voters show, Michael McDonald, an expert on early voting said it’s difficult to predict the early voting affect on the final election outcome. He noted that Obama has twice the number of early voters in Iowa than Romney, nonetheless, “the good news for Romney is day to day, incrementally, the numbers shift in his direction, so he may be able to catch up," McDonald said.