Democrats Lead GOP in Nevada Early Voting

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - After four days of early voting, 17 percent of active Nevada voters have already cast ballots in the upcoming election.

Figures released Wednesday by the secretary of state's office show 214,609 people have voted, either in person or by mail, since early voting began Saturday. Of those, ballots received from Democrats total 99,415, compared with 79,697 cast by Republicans. The remaining ballots are nonpartisans or voters registered with minor political parties.

The roughly 173,000 people who have voted in person are nearly 43,000 more than those who voted during the same period in the 2008 presidential election.

Early voting turnout could be a key factor in deciding the presidential and U.S. Senate contests in battleground Nevada.