Early voting alters campaigns' strategies, costs

Oct 25, 2014 1:16 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For over 1 million Californians, the Nov. 4 election is over. That's because they've already voted.

A growing throng of early voters in the nation's most populous state has stretched Election Day into weeks. About half the votes tallied in the election next month could arrive early, almost all through the mail.

California is one of more than 30 states in which some form of advance voting is shaping the way campaigns are conducted. Candidates who wait until the end to close the deal with voters will be too late.

The strategy-shifting dynamics caused by early voting are coming into play in Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott faces a tough re-election challenge from Democrat Charlie Crist, and Iowa, where GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst is battling Democrat Bruce Braley.

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