More Than Half Of 2014 Sunday Early Voters In Georgia, NC Are Black

Voters cast their ballots at the New Hanover County Board of Elections office as early voting began Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Wilmington, N.C. (AP Photo/The Star-News, Alan Cradick) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT
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Fifty-three percent of the 25,000 early votes cast on Sunday in Georgia and North Carolina came from black voters, according to The New York Times’ Upshot, likely a promising sign to the Democratic Senate candidates in those two states.

By comparison, 27 percent of all early voters in those two states were black this cycle, the Upshot also pointed out. Meanwhile, 68 percent of the total early votes in North Carolina and Georgia were white. On Sunday, 40 percent of early voters were white.

Those numbers also highlight one possible incentive for Republican efforts to roll back early voting on Sunday. In North Carolina, notably, there is no early voting on the Sunday before the election. This past Sunday was the only Sunday where people could do in-person voting in 2014, according to the Upshot.

Both Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Democrat Michelle Nunn (GA) are hoping a strong turn out of black voters will help boost them over North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis and Georgia’s David Perdue, the respective Republican Senate candidates in those states.

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