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In Pennsylvania, GOP Holds Absentee Vote Advantage

Pat Toomey Joe Sestak

U.S. Senate candidates from Pennsylvania, Republican Pat Toomey (l) and Democrat Joe Sestak. Jacqueline Larma and Matt Rourke/AP Photo hide caption

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While recent polls out of Pennsylvania have suggested that Democrat Joe Sestak has closed the polling gap with Republican Pat Toomey, there's an ominous trend for Democrats in the absentee ballots, according to Roll Call.

Based on information Roll Call received from Pennsylvania's secretary of state's office, Republicans have a significant lead in absentee ballots requested as well as returned.

From Roll Call:

Pennsylvania voters have requested nearly 127,000 absentee ballots so far. Of that total, Republican voters made up 50 percent and Democrats made up 42 percent, according to figures collected Tuesday afternoon.

The state records show Republicans are returning their absentee ballots in greater numbers as well. The state has received about 40 percent of requested ballots, and Republican registrations outpace Democrats by 19 points, 56 percent to 37 percent, according to the state data. Absentee ballots made up 5 percent of total turnout in 2008.



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