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Democrats continue to lead way in early voting

Early voting for Nov. 4 election continues through Oct. 31

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 | 2:18 p.m.

If everyone voted a straight party ticket, Democrats would seem to be taking an early lead in the partisan seats in Clark County, according to early voting figures.

Early voting for the Nov. 4 election, which began Saturday, shows that Democrats are flocking to the polls at a rate of more than two-to-one, compared to Republicans.

County-wide totals that are tallied each night show there have been 90,594 early votes cast since Saturday: 52,589 by Democrats, 23,633 by Republicans and 14,372 by those with no party affiliation.

Harvard Lomax, the county's registrar of voters, has said he was hoping that about half the expected 640,000 vote turnout, or 320,000 to 330,000 voters would cast their ballots early. There are 815,000 voters registered in the county and he's expecting about 80 percent of them to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

Early voting continues through Oct. 31 at 87 locations.

While Democrats have a heavy lead in early voting, Republicans have a slight edge in mail-in votes. Out of 19,597 mailed-in votes, 8,943 have been Republican, 8,247 have been Democrats and 2,407 had no party affiliated.

Here's a look at early voting trends in eight contested partisan races:

• In the 3rd Congressional District, which features a tight contest between incumbent Republican Jon Porter and Democrat Dina Titus, 28,850 Democrats, 15,062 Republicans and 8,544 voters with no party have cast ballots. For the mail-in votes from that district, 5,383 were Republicans, 4,479 were Democrats and 1,384 were from non-affiliated voters.

• The 2nd Congressional District has a race between incumbent Republican Dean Heller and Democrat Jill Derby. So far, 2,092 Democrats, 1,080 Republican and 693 voters with no party have cast ballots. The mailed votes came from 624 Republicans, 373 Democrats and 182 non-affiliated voters.

• The County Commission District District A race has a heated race between Republican Brian Scroggins and Democrat Steve Sisolak to take over the seat being vacated by Bruce Woodbury. Independent candidate Scott David Narter is also running. In that district, 10,657 Democrats, 6,259 Republicans and 3,348 voters with no party have cast ballots. The mailed votes came from 2,238 Republicans, 1,515 Democrats and 537 voters declaring no party.

• In the state Senate 6th District race, which features a battle between incumbent Republican Bob Beers and Democrat Allison Copening, 3,346 Democrats, 1,854 Republicans and 968 voters with no party affiliation have voted so far. The mailed votes in that district came from 892 Republicans, 742 Democras and 208 non-affiliated voters

• The state Senate 5th District race is between Democrat Shirley Breeden and incumbent Republican Joe Heck. In that district, 8,500 Democrats, 4,942 Republicans and 2,617 voters with no party affiliation have voted. Mailed vote: 1,338 Republicans, 1,078 Democrats and 318 non-affiliated.

• State Assembly District 21 features a contest between Republican Jon Ozark and Democrat Ellen Spiegel to represent the Green Valley area district. So far, the early voting turnout has been 1,710 Democrats, 958 Republicans and 548 voters with no party. Mailed vote: 348 Republicans, 282 Democrats and 76 voters declaring no party.

• The State Assembly Disrict 23 contest is between Democrat Allison Herr and Republican Melissa Woodbury. Early voting shows there have been 1,675 Democrats, 900 Republicans and 495 voters with no party who have cast ballots. Mailed vote: 319 Democrats, 236 Republicans and 88 voters with no party affiliation.

• State Assembly District 29 features newcomers Sean Fellows, a Republican and Democrat April Mastroluca. As of Tuesday, there were 2,260 Republicans, 1,224 Democrats and 657 voters with no party who have voted. Mailed vote: 254 Republicans, 205 Democrats and 57 voters declaring no party.

(Editor's note: This story has been corrected. In an earlier version, numbers in the State Assembly District 21 race were wrong. )

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