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Clinton visits Iowa as early voting gets underway

30 September 2016

With her focus now on defeating Donald Trump, Clinton was hoping that putting an emphasis on early voting could help her replicate President Barack Obama's successful strategy in the battleground state four years ago.

The Clinton campaign considers Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina the most-promising targets for its early-voting program, which has emerged as an increasingly important tool in a campaign's arsenal. Democrats rely on early voting more than Republicans in this state. "We're fighting together." He also alluded to Iowa's early voting, and called on his supporters to demand that they and their friends "get out of bed" to go vote. That was about 22 percent of the total ballots cast. That's up from almost 723,000 during a similar period in 2012, when a record 1.87 million early ballots ultimately were cast by mail and in person.

In Greensboro, North Carolina, Brandon Starkes, 28, cited the state's unsuccessful bid to impose a voter ID law in his decision to vote early. The law was struck down as racially discriminatory.

"I have seen firsthand Hillary's commitment to helping people, and how hard she works to deliver what she's promised", said Boehlert said. Starkes plans to vote for Clinton.

"It's more convenient", he said, and ensures the ballot gets cast even if someone runs into a scheduling conflict on election day. Absentee voting long has been a fixture in elections, and the trend toward greater early-voting has picked up steam, as increasing numbers of states have approved changes in election laws to permit it. This electoral culture change reflects not only interest in voter participation but also the changing, more mobile lifestyle of Americans.

Early voting starts in OH on October 12.

Of about a dozen swing states in play for the 2016 presidential election, Iowa may be one of the toughest for Clinton.

Clinton pointed out a 103 year old woman who had come to the rally, and was ready to cast her ballot.

Trump and Clinton meet again on the debate stage in 10 days, this time in St. Louis. Republicans are ahead in ballot requests, 43 percent to 38 percent. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. A change in Florida's laws meant that voters in 2014 who requested absentee ballots could automatically receive them this year. Chuck Schumer says the Republican presidential candidate "is far too tolerant in accepting the support of racists" and "far too tolerant of racists". "Iowa, with a voting bloc that is overwhelmingly white, lacks the kind of large minority population that has fueled Hillary Clinton's lead in some of the large industrial states". In a two-way race between the leading candidates, the point spread is about the same.

Hillary Clinton urged voters in Iowa to start casting ballots on Thursday, more than five weeks before Election Day.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway denied Trump violated any laws, saying on her Twitter account that Trump was "critical" of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Much of the decline results from a sharp decline in requests from Democrats and independents. Trump is counting on that district's one electoral vote as part of his narrow path to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

On Wednesday, she appeared with one-time Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, whose improbable journey from low-profile socialist senator to serious presidential contender was made possible by enthusiasm among young voters. Hispanics were lower at 761.