October 25th, 2010
09:12 AM ET
3 years ago

Dems tout encouraging signs in early voting

(CNN) – National Senate Democrats are trying their best to put a positive spin on the political climate one week ahead of the midterm elections, releasing a memo Monday suggesting their party has the early-voting edge in a string of key races.

"Now that voters are casting ballots we can see our work has been effective," wrote Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The DSCC is charged with maintaining the party's majority in the upper chamber.

"Despite national momentum being on the Republican side for months, we are not seeing anything resembling a Republican surge," Menendez continues. "In fact, to the contrary, in key Senate races, we are seeing encouraging signs for Democrats. Granted this analysis accounts for only one full week of early vote data, we believe our modeling shows that Democrats are engaged, enthused – and most importantly – voting."

Menendez goes on to say Democrats have so far cast more early-voting ballots in West Virginia, California, and Nevada – sites of three pivotal Senate races in which the outcome could determine which party ultimately controls the Senate came January 2011. Menendez also touts encouraging early-voting reports in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Washington where three more closely fought battles are being waged.

Republicans were quick to dispute Menendez's optimism, noting virtually all the states mentioned in the memo have significantly more registered Democrats than Republicans. It is, Republicans say, neither predictive nor surprising that registered Democrats outnumber their Republican counterparts in voting early.


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  1. rdepontb

    I spoke with about a dozen friends and colleagues last week who were taking part in early voting which started Friday, Oct 22nd, here in Maryland. While I acknowledge that some of these folks are within my "circle," and so tend to think about the economy, healthcare, etc., the way I do, I'd say we're split maybe 65-35, Dems vs Reps. Of the twelve, all but one acknowledge voting Democrat.

    I have to say, as well, that there certainly was spillover from our neighbors in Delaware. EVERYONE, Republican, Democrat, Independent, disenfranchised, cited O'Donnell's lack of serious experience and understanding as perhaps, just perhaps, emblamatic of Tea Party-ism, if not of Republicanism itself. She is factoring into our races, if only slightly given the strong roster we have (e.g., Mikulski, O'Malley). She is getting those Dems and Independents out to the voting centers-they can't wait!

    October 25, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Fed up with the nonsense

    The republicans running in my state all want to keep the Health Care Reform OUT of my state. They want to stop people from having the chance of having insurance. I will never vote for any nominee that wants to get rid of Health Care Reform. We need it, and if the GOP hadn't been behaving like spoiled children throwing a tantrum, we'd have an even stronger Health Care Reform bill.

    SEcondly, the republicans in my state keep saying that the Health Care reform is unconstitutional. They have NO right to claim anything is or isn't constitutional given the fact that they allowed the Patriot Act, the most unconstitutional law we've seen in decades, exist without challenging it on every level. Until the GOP learn what the Constitution is, what it's for, how it protects us from dictatorial governments like the Bush regime and protects our rights, I will NOT vote for any republican.

    October 25, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. Ancient Texan

    There goes that counter-clock-wise spin again. If you tell the same lie often enough........ Sen. Menendez ! All isn't well !!

    October 25, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Right Leaning Independent

    That is because so many do not work and have time free time to go vote early!! This Independent will be voting straight Republican on election day!!!!

    October 25, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Pacho Villa

    Q: What does the Dem's push to get out to vote early and the China Trade agreement have in common?
    A: We have already witnessed the front end loaded results and if left unchecked they will further destroy our Nation!

    VOTE ANYONE BUT DEMOCRAT IN NOVEMBER AND IN 2012!

    October 25, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Itnkformyself

    Am I the first to write about this story, let the people decide for themselves and stop talking about the vote before all the results are in. If it was going the other way this story would not be on line yet and you know it. Maybe the vote be true and the right vote. Good luck trying to change it, Dogboy, out.

    October 25, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope that everyone votes. We as a country should be ashamed that so few of us vote. We all need to vote no matter if you like the people running. People should write themselves in if they don't like the candidates.

    October 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. terry, va

    It is not surprising. Voter fraud is very easy in early voting. Wonder how many dumbocrap votes are fake? I'd say 10-15% at least. It's hard to overcome cheaters but we will; for the good of the country!!!!

    October 25, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Peace

    "National Senate Democrats are trying their best to put a positive spin on the political climate".
    Oh please, it is the reality. They are calling a spade, a spade and not a big spoon.

    October 25, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. matt

    I voted last week. All Dems. Wherever there were no Dems listed, I chose Libertarians. I don't have amnesia. Anything is better than a Republican. Like anything is better than a Nazi in WW2.

    October 25, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    I believe the Administration has not made the most of its e-mail and text lists over the last 2 years to issue a CALL TO ARMS to its supporters.

    Congressional Republicans should have been trembling in their boots whenever that blantantly obstructed the President.

    Going forward, Ihope the Dems use this list to get out the vote in the 2010 and 2014 MIDTERM elections. The presence of Barack Obama on the 2012 ballot will do the trick in that year.

    The game changer is to swell voter participation in the "off years". If the Dems do this, then the President can achieve a real lasting legacy that will re-estasblish America as a country for the hard working person and not the exploitive rich.

    October 25, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Well this Dem is enthused!! I will not early vote, it takes away the satisfaction of going to the polls. I will tho vote a straight Democratic ticket. The Republican Party is wrong for anyone making under a million dollars a year. They want to dismantle the middle and lower middle class and leave their donors in the driving seat(donors being Corporations, big oil, big pharma, and insurance companies). The Republican Party's slogan should be Profit over People.

    October 25, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |