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GOP, Dems paint different picture of first day early voting results

What's sure about the first day of early voting is that more people showed up this time around than in 2008.

While Democrats maintain a huge lead in early voting, the two parties are painting different pictures of what exactly the numbers from day one mean.

Here are the raw numbers, followed by the spin:

Democrats - 86,031 (57 percent)

Republicans - 38,428 (25.5 percent)

Unaffiliated - 26,160 (17.3 percent)

Libertarian - 253 (0.1 percent)

Republicans, via spokeswoman Rachel Adams

"In 2008 Democrats won by just 14,000 votes in North Carolina after running up huge early vote margins. After the first day of early voting in North Carolina, it's clear that Republicans have cut into that lead substantially and made major gains since 2008."

A few reasons why:

  • Republicans improved by 12.2 percent compared to first day in 2008
     
  • Democrats drop by 11 percent, 7 points (64 percent in 2008 compared to 57 percent in ’2012)
     
  • Republicans grew by 26 percent, 5 points (20.3 percent in 2008 compared to 25.5 percent in 2012)
     
  • Republicans up by 14,799 voters over 2008
     
  • Democrats up only 11,325 voters over 2008

Democrats, via N.C. Democratic Party spokesman

"Yesterday, we saw enthusiastic supporters across the state begin casting their votes in support for President Obama, Walter Dalton and the Democratic ticket."

A few reasons why:

  • Youth (18-24) turnout is up 20 percent from 2008
     
  • African-American turnout is up 30 percent from 2008
     
  • Democratic turnout is up 15 percent from 2008
     
  • Democrats made up 57 percent of early vote ballots cast while Republicans made up 25.5 percent

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