Oct 20, 2014 7:58 PM

Parties jockeying for early vote in Iowa, Florida

The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) More than 2.3 million voters have already cast ballots for the November midterm elections, and both Republicans and Democrats are claiming the early voting numbers work to their advantage.

Florida continues to dominate early returns, with more than 891,000 votes cast by late last week. A contentious governor's race tops the ballot in that state.

Registered Republicans have cast almost half of the early votes. Republicans say their lead proves momentum for Gov. Rick Scott, who trails Democratic challenger Charlie Crist in many polls.

In Iowa, where a Senate race will help determine which party controls the chamber in January, Democrats hold a narrow lead out of almost 200,000 ballots cast.

But Republicans say they're making a more concerted early voting effort than in past elections.


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