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Obama and the Democrats Hold Early Voting Advantage in Florida, Iowa and Nevada

An estimated 46 million people voted before Election Day had began.

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Even though President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaigned down to the very last day, millions of voters have perhaps already tuned out of the election--and for good reason, since many have already voted. Millions of registered voters across the country cast ballots early this year, thanks to early voting rules and absentee balloting.

An estimated 46 million people voted before Election Day begun, according to ABC News--35 percent of the total votes cast. Many states that instituted early voting are considered battleground states, and some of the results are in.

Obama and the Democrats appear have the advantage this year in early voting. In Florida, 42.9 percent of voters cast their ballots for the Democratic Party, compared to 39.1 percent for Republicans. Iowa and Nevada also have large margins for the Democratic Party: 42.3 percent in Iowa cast their votes for the Democrats and 47 percent did the same in Nevada (though the Nevada vote tally only counts Clark County, the most populous). While these results--Democrats winning in early voting--track with the 2008 polls, the amount of voters for the Democrats appears to be slightly less than it was four years ago.

Meanwhile, Republicans have a slight lead in Colorado. According to ABC News, 36.1 percent of early voters cast their ballots for the Republican Party, with 34.3 percent for the Democrats. In 2008, the tally was reversed, with Democrats holding a narrow lead in Colorado.

Other battleground states like Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin have seen early voting as well, but since those states don’t register voters by party affiliation, ABC News has not posted results for them.

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.