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The Lid: For Many Americans, Election Day is Already Here

It’s less than four weeks until Election Day, but voters are already voting. A lot of them.
A voter casts a ballot in a booth at an absentee voting station in Fairfax, Virginia on October 12, 2016. The US general election takes place November, 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty ImagesANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP - Getty Images

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…Gary Johnson will lead a 70-mile bike ride this weekend to “emphasize healthy lifestyles.” It’s a brilliant move from Johnson, who knows that no reporter covering the 2016 race could possibly be fit enough at this point to make sure he doesn’t hop into a Prius and head to Waffle House around mile 12.

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‘16 from 30,000

It’s less than four weeks until Election Day, but voters are already voting. A lot of them, in fact. Our NBC News data analytics team crunched the numbers and found that more than half a million votes have already been cast in the presidential election. That includes almost 90,000 in Iowa, 55,000 in Virginia, 31,000 in Florida and 22,000 in North Carolina. The early vote -- along with registration drives and Election Day GOTV -- is why reporters are so keen to understand campaigns’ resources when it comes to the vaunted ground-games of both sides. And it’s a big reason why, even though we’re a month out, swing state polls and candidate visits really, really matter. It’s worth noting that early voters are typically partisans who are far from undecided, but particularly in states where Democrats have a big advantage in the early vote (which includes some key battlegrounds), this is a time period where a well-organized Clinton campaign could run up the scoreboard long before November 8.



“They call me Lil’ Kaine not Lil’ Wayne.”

-- Tim Kaine during an interview on Charlotte’s 97.9 FM.


Donald Trump holds rallies in Florida and Ohio.

Biden campaigns for Clinton in Las Vegas.

Bill Clinton hits Iowa, while Chelsea Clinton campaigns in Maine.