RALEIGH – If you had believed Democrats through out the Old North State when they were hemming and hawing about changes to the early voting schedules – changes that added a full extra day – you would think voting before election day was stifled, artificially held down by racists Republicans.
In reality, though, something many Democrats don’t regularly deal with, a record amount of North Carolina voters stood up to be counted before election day.
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Two million people voted early! That’s nearly 20 percent of the state’s total population.
The total crushes previous midterm cycles.
2010: 17 day early voting period, 960,998 overall early votes
2014: 10 day early voting period, 1,174,188 overall early votes
— Jonathan Kappler (@jonathankappler) November 5, 2018
AND it completely disproves the Left’s narrative related to schedule changes. In fact, while Democrats tried to smear Republicans’ as racists (as they usually do) for changing mandated weekend voting hours, black voters actually outperformed their share of the electorate. Black voters make up 22 percent of the electorate, but represented 25 percent of early voters in the 2018 early voting period.
It is hard to tell what this all means for the final results of the election, being that election day itself has yet to happen, but it’s fair to say people across the political spectrum are eager.