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2588d ago / 3:46 PM UTC

Nearly 40 Million Votes Have Already Been Cast in the 2016 Election Nationwide

As of November 5, nearly 40 million early votes (39,698,467) have been cast in the presidential election nationwide. In 12 battleground states, more than 18 million votes have been cast — including more than 5 million in Florida, nearly 3 million in North Carolina and more than 1.5 million in Arizona, Colorado and Ohio.

So far, Democratic-affiliated voters have outpaced Republican-affiliated voters in Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. In Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania, more Republican-affiliated voters have cast ballots so far. 

In Florida, an equal proportion of Democratic-affiliated and Republican-affiliated voters have cast ballots. This trend has been continuing in the Sunshine State for the last several days. As of today, however, the proportion of Democratic-affiliated and Republican-affiliated early voters in Colorado are now tied. 

2585d ago / 3:35 PM UTC

Meet the NBC News Exit Poll Desk Team

Throughout Election Night, a team of survey research analysts will be crunching the numbers on who voted, what issues were on their minds and why they voted the way they did.

The team includes Stephanie Psyllos, manager of exit polling, NBC News; Scott Keeter, senior survey advisor at Pew Research Center; Courtney Kennedy, director of survey research at Pew Research Center; Cary Funk, associate director of research at Pew Research Center; Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute; Maureen Michaels, president of Michaels Opinion Research Inc.; Mara Ostfeld, postdoctoral fellow, Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan; Patrick Egan, associate professor of politics and public policy at New York University; Hannah Hartig, assistant director, University of Pennsylvania's Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies; Jennifer Su, senior project director, Princeton Survey Research Associates International; and Andrew Arenge, assistant producer, NBC News. The NBC News Exit Poll Desk works closely with digital editors David Taintor and Elizabeth Johnstone to curate the stories we produce.