Sandy Effect: Obama Pollster Weighs In

Cornell Belcher told us how storm damage might affect Nov. 6, and how early voting now compares with 2008.

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CB: Early voting is outperforming 2008. I attribute that to the base of the Democratic Party being determined to come out to vote and put the president back in office. There's been a lot of Republican spin about how Democrats, especially minorities, weren't going to turn out for the president.

If Republicans are betting their chances on winning this election on African Americans and Latinos not turning out, it's fool's gold; it's idiotic. Republicans are betting the house that this election is going to buck a historical trend and be whiter. If you look at presidential elections over the past two decades, the electorate is not going whiter -- it is going more diverse. And the early vote is indicative of that.

Leila McDowell is a journalist and former broadcast reporter. She also serves as managing director for communications at Advancement Project.  

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