Obama in the driver’s seat as early in-person voting begins

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Obama in the driver's seat as early in-person voting begins
Obama in the driver's seat as early in-person voting begins

Iowa kicked off the presidential election yesterday, becoming the first state where voters could cast their votes in person for the general election.

27 states and Washington, D.C., will have early in-person voting prior to Election Day.  The campaigns estimate that two out of every five ballots will be filled out before November 6, Election Day.

And one presidential candidate is in much better position to take advantage of the new voting in this dynamic thing we call American democracy.

Here’s a look at Mitt Romney’s field offices in Iowa. The Romney camp has 12 outposts across the Hawkeye State:

Now take a look at President Obama’s operation, his field operation in Iowa.  The Obama campaign has 66 of these outpost offices, a 5.5-1 advantage over Romney:


Obama in the driver's seat as early in-person voting begins

These field offices are the lifeblood of presidential campaigns. This is where campaigns stage their “get out the vote” efforts and organize volunteers.

It’s rather stunning for Mitt Romney to be so under-prepared to fight in the ground game in Iowa. He`s had the same problems as the primary candidate. Romney only started making frequent appearances in the state a week before the Iowa caucuses. By then, it was too late. And he lost a tight race.

Romney’s campaign should have refocused their efforts, but instead, they find themselves in a huge disadvantage, as the first ballots were cast yesterday.

Here’s the complete early in-person voting schedule:

Sept. 27 - Iowa & Wyoming

Oct. 1 - Nebraska

Oct. 2 - Ohio

Oct. 8 - California

Oct. 9 - Indiana

Oct. 11 - Arizona

Oct. 15 - Georgia

Oct. 17 - Kansas & Tennessee

Oct. 18 - North Carolina

Oct. 20 - Nevada & New Mexico

Oct. 22 - Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, North Dakota, Colorado, Washington dc, Texas, Wisconsin

Oct. 23 - Utah, Hawaii, Louisiana

Oct. 24 - West Virginia

Oct. 27 - Maryland & Florida

Nov. 2 - Oklahoma 

Iowa, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

Obama in the driver's seat as early in-person voting begins

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