For the fourth consecutive day Republicans outpaced Democrats in Washoe County in-person early voting. Republicans cast 3613 votes for a 39.4% share while Democrats cast 3429 ballots for a 37.4%. The expected Thursday ramp-up increased turnout 19% over the Thursday result with 9162 ballots cast. Republicans now trail in-person early voting by 646 ballots. But the net gain of 184 ballots extends Republicans overall lead with the combined absentee and mail-in early ballots. The aggregate Washoe lead now stands at 375 more ballots cast by Republicans than Democrats, a far cry from the 12k advantage Democrats enjoyed in 2008. Washoe’s going red people … get used to it. If Romney is winning a majority of the Independent vote and the Clark GOP keeps its close . . .
Big contrast in the running tallies
|2012 thru Day 12||2008 Through Day 12|
|Dem – 39700 (40.9%)||Dem – 43357 (47.86%)|
GOP – 39054 (40.3%)
|GOP – 31711 (34.99%)|
|NP – 18202 (18.8%)||NP – 15570 (17.18%)|
We see the election over election change in Democrat turnout is down -3657 ballots while the change in GOP turnout is up +7343, a net 11,000 gain for the GOP versus 2008. The enthusiasm gap continues to grow in Washoe County and Democrats are on the run in Reno. Having erased Obama’s early vote advantage, this type of swing will go a long way to erasing Obama’s overall ~23k vote Washoe County win in 2008, half of which came from the early vote.