Early Voting Up Big In North Carolina

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It’s overwhelmingly favoring Obama…

Across the state, Democrats showed the most first-day enthusiasm. Of the nearly 114,000 first-day voters, 64 percent were Democrats, 21 percent Republicans and 15 percent were unaffiliated.

African-American turnout was up significantly. Black voters, who make up about 22 percent of registered voters, were 36 percent of Thursday’s early voters.

In 2004, blacks made up 18.6 percent of voters.

This large percentage of early voting among African Americans follows similar patterns in Georgia

A disproportionate number of Georgia’s 194,138 early voters are African-American, in what could be an encouraging sign for Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

As of Wednesday, about 39 percent of those voters — 74,961 — are African-Americans, Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel’s office said.

African-Americans make up 29 percent of registered voters in the state, according to Oct.1 figures. They cast 25 percent of the total votes cast in the presidential election four years ago.

Simply put, this is the type of turnout you need to win. And if this is happening all across the country, then it hints at a landslide. I’m not saying it’ll happen, but the signs are starting to point in that direction.

Need more proof?

See the only other “North” state in the union.