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February 20, 2018

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Republicans make minor gains after five days of early voting; no sign of huge GOP turnout yet

In Clark County on Wednesday, both parties failed to bring as many voters to the polls as the previous day. Democrats are still outpacing Republicans in the raw vote. In the comparison of turnout within the parties, the Republicans gained only slightly (.2 percent) after the fifth day of early voting.

The total percentages relative to registration:

Democrats: 10.3 percent

Republicans: 11.7 percent

With mail ballots, which the Democrats continue to lead in Clark:

Democrats: 12.7 percent

Republicans: 14.4 percent

So an increase from 1.4 percent to 1.7 percent. This is enthusiasm? Not yet.

Independents also are turning out in regular proportions.

In Washoe County on Wednesday, Democrats stayed about the same and 300 fewer Republicans showed up. (2,044-2,220).

So total urban turnout relative to registration (no absentee tally in Washoe):

Democrats: 12.1 percent

Republicans: 13.6 percent

Remember: Usual turnout disadvantage for Democrats here in midterms is 5 or 6 percent. (It was 3 percent even in the huge Democrat year of 2008.)

For numbers geeks:

CLARK:

Wednesday: Dems, 6,008 Rs, 4,867 rest, 2,166

Early: Dems, 34,680; Rs, 28,447; rest, 11,706

Mail: Dems, 8,104; Rs, 6,696; rest, 2,173

Combined: Dems, 42,784 , Rs, 35,143 rest, 13,879

WASHOE:

Ds: 8,436 (9.8 percent)

Rs: 9,892 (11.3 percent)

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