Who’s right on Florida early voting numbers? The memo from the Obama camp:
Democrat: 650,363 43 percent
Republican: 651,700 43 percent
Other: 225,980 14 percent
Of the 1,435,301 absentee ballots returned by Friday, 49.05 percent came from Republicans, and 35.73 percent came from Democrats. Of the 1,967,295 early votes cast, 52.61 percent were by Democrats and 30.58% by Republicans.
Under the latter numbers, if everyone in Florida is voting party line, then the Democrats have an advantage of 242,213 votes. Having said, that note:
But the John McCain campaign stressed on a conference call that it has been aggessively targeting and turning out conservative Democrats and independents, so many of those non-Republican votes went for McCain. Campaign manager Rick Davis also said that when requested, but not yet returned absentee ballots are factored in, Florida Republicans have an advantage.