Michigan early voting data: Republicans leading requests by nearly 60k, turnout down substancially in Detroit
Republicans appear to have a 57,455-vote advantage over Democrats in absentee ballots cast in Michigan headed into the final weekend of the election, according to a new analysis of ballots processed through Thursday.
East Lansing-based Practical Political Consulting’s data analysis of absentee ballots returned to municipal clerks shows 310,400 votes were cast by voters who participated in Michigan’s Republican presidential primary in March.
Approximately 252,945 of absentee ballots returned to municipal clerks were cast by voters who voted in the Democratic presidential primary, said Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consulting.
Another 282,371 absentee ballots have been cast by voters who did not vote in the presidential primary, according to Grebner’s analysis of data from the Secretary of State’s office.
About 70 percent of the more than 1.2 million absentee ballots requested by voters have been returned to municipal clerks through Thursday.
Political consultants use the data to predict how well Republican and Democratic candidates may be performing headed into Election Day, though there’s no way to know how people actually voted in individual races, particularly the presidential contest