Obama Seeks Advantage in Florida as Early Voting Starts

Publication: The Wall Street Journal

Author: Jonathan Weisman and Christopher Cooper

10/21/2008 - Sen. Barack Obama and his campaign swept into Florida on Monday as the state began early voting, in a bid to lock in his polling advantage in a key swing state before Election Day.

"You can start voting today, so I want everybody after this rally to go vote," the Democratic presidential nominee exhorted a crowd at the New York Yankees' spring-training park here. Referring to past voting debacles in the state, he said: "You don't know what's going to happen Nov. 4."

Eighteen states will have opened their polls to early voting by midweek, according to the Pew Center on the States. Half of these opened their polls on Monday or Tuesday. As many as one-third of voters could cast their ballots early or absentee this year, compared with 20% in 2004, said Doug Chapin, director of the center's electionline.org.

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