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Despite Long Lines, Early Vote Down in Ohio’s Key Counties

Peter Hamby of CNN reports, “Dems in Ohio blowing up early vote today in blue counties like Cuyahoga, Lucas, Franklin. Some GOP anxiety about it.”

The lines are long, but they’re still shorter than they were four years ago, and barring some off-the-charts surge on the final day, fewer voters will cast ballots in at least two key counties than they did in 2008.

Cuyahoga County saw 2,536 voters Sunday, but that is down almost a thousand from the same day four years ago. In total votes, Cuyahoga County is now 14.7 percent behind where they were four years ago.

Through Sunday, 42,511 Cuyahoga County voters cast ballots early; four years ago, that number was 49,849. In 2008, 4,481 Cuyahoga County voters cast ballots on the Monday before the election.

On the other side of the state, Hamilton County saw 1,144 voters, which was less than the totals from Saturday (and every other day this week). Four years ago Sunday Obama held a rally in this county, so only four voters voted early. But among voters who did not vote in the Republican primary, the early vote turnout is 12 percent behind those totals from four years ago.

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