Poll: Republicans Ahead In Early Voting, But Election Outcome Still Uncertain

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Poll: Republicans ahead in early voting, but election outcome still uncertainThe general election is on Nov. 2, but early voting has already begun across the nation. A new survey has shown that Republican voters have, so far, turned up in slightly higher numbers than those who identify themselves as Democrats. 

According to the Harris Poll, some 2 percent of registered voters had cast their ballot by Oct. 18, and more than half of them (53 percent) said they voted for the Republican candidate, while 41 percent chose the Democratic candidate.

In terms of electoral enthusiasm, more Republicans say they are certain to vote than Democrats — 61 to 54 percent. A total of 57 percent of Independents have said they will absolutely head to the polls this year.

However, the outcome of the election is hard to predict due to a high number of individuals who are still undecided. Harris Poll suggests that 6 percent of those who are likely to vote have yet to make up their mind, while an Associated Press-GfK survey found that as many as one in three Americans are still on the fence.

"These are voters who are thinking about virtually anything but the races in front of them," said Democratic pollster Alan Secrest, quoted by The Associated Press. However, his GOP counterpart Glen Bolger told the news source that these are going to be the people who ultimately decide who controls the House of Representatives for the next two years. 

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