Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally on Oct. 21, 2016 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher, North Carolina. Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP
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Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before Election Day, and may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado.Balloting is underway in 34 out of 37 early-voting states.In all, more than 46 million people are expected to vote before Election Day -- or as much as 40 percent of all votes cast.While Democrats tend to do better in early voting, Republicans usually post an initial lead with mail-in ballots before Democrats surpass them during in-person early voting in mid to late October.In North Carolina, Democrats have moved ahead of Republicans in early voting.After in-person voting began on Thursday, Democrats overtook Republicans in overall votes cast.Democrats have requested almost as many ballots as Republicans: 39 percent vs. 40 percent.Democrats have a 44 percent to 31 percent lead over Republicans in ballots returned.In Colorado, which began voting by mail on Monday, Democrats led 43 percent to 30 percent among the 15,280 ballots returned by late Thursday.The state does not break down ballots by party affiliation.
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