WASHINGTON (AP) — Early votes have now soared past 15 million across 31 states. That's enough to give hopeful Republicans as well as nervous Democrats cause for optimism heading into the final weekend of a campaign with control of the Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and 36 governorships at stake.
Republicans say a strong early vote in Iowa is evidence that Joni Ernst is a step ahead in her bid to capture a Senate seat. Iowa GOP Gov. Terry Branstad says he feels good about the totals, too, especially since Democrats had a big early-vote margin four years ago and he won anyway.
Democrats said a strong early turnout by African-Americans around Atlanta was a good sign for Michelle Nunn, seeking a Georgia seat that has been out of the party's reach.
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