North Carolina Early Voting: Clinton Lags Behind Obama; Trump Surpasses Romney

8 Nov 2016

In North Carolina, Hillary Clinton’s numbers are lagging behind Obama’s 2012 re-election tally, and Donald Trump is outperforming Mitt Romney’s 2012 victory.

CNN reports that more than 1.3 million Democrats voted early in North Carolina, compared to 990,000 Republicans. Meanwhile, independent voters casted early votes in droves: 810,000 voted early, a 42 percent increase from 2012.

But Democrats failed to turn out in their 2012 numbers, as CNN shows:

Furthermore, early black voting declined from 27.3 percent in 2012 to 22.2 percent in 2016. The early white vote increased from 67.4 percent in 2012 to 70.7 percent in 2016.

Early voting turnout among Democrats ages 22 to 29 dramatically dropped, with one-third who showed up in 2012 failing to cast a ballot.

Hispanic turnout in early voting is up 75 percent since 2012, the North Carolina Board of Elections finds. Since 2012, 50,000 more Hispanics have registered to vote, bringing the Hispanic total to an excess of 165,000 voters. However, they are dwarfed by 1.5 million black voters in the state.

Matt Drudge reports Trump is ahead of Romney’s 2012 North Carolina vote count by 142,000 ballots.

“Another dramatic turn of events is being reported out of North Carolina this afternoon: Donald Trump has jumped past all expectations in early voting! In 2012, Romney hit Election Day down 447,000 votes, based on early ballots. He went on to win the state by 97,000 votes,” a newsflash on the Drudge Report reads. “Now, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal, Trump opens Election Day down 305,000!”

Drudge also points to a poll released by the Trafalgar Group showing Trump leading Clinton with more than 49 percent of the vote to 44 percent in North Carolina among 1,150 registered voters, with a 2.8 percent margin of error.