Nearly 150,000 Georgians have already voted before Election Day in the Republican nomination race for President. (Side note: 24,000 Democrats have voted early, too)
That compares to about 120,000 who voted in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary prior to the 2008 Primary Election Day.
The early voting pattern seems to be benefitting Gingrich. The “old third district”, which is composed of a large amount of Gingrich’s former congressional district circa the 1980s, has a strong turnout, as does the general area in and near his sixth congressional district circa the 1990s (Cobb/N Fulton).
Mike Seigle has compiled quite a bit of research for this report. In fact, the information below is essentially all his, and I’m just reporting it to you.
Below are the numbers of early/absentee voters broken out by the 13 OLD congressional lines (meaning the lines we have been operating under for the past ten years. Breaking it all out by the 14 new districts would have been preferred, but would definitely have been too much for a volunteer project today…)
# GOP early voters % of overall early GOP vote
1 11,166 7.6
2 6,873 4.7 (South Georgia, where Santorum has polled well)
3 17,846 12.2 (much of this area is from Gingrich’s district in the ’80s)
4 4,670 3.2 (Romney won the 4th in 2008/the DeKalb district)
5 2,529 1.7 (Much of City of Atlanta; often considered a likely Romney area)
6 15,817 10.8 (much of this area is from Gingrich’s district in the ’90s)
7 10,792 7.4
8 12,349 8.4
9 19,587 13.4 (North Georgia, where Gingrich has polled well)
10 15,932 10.9
11 16,140 11.0
12 6,480 4.4
13 6,514 4.4
Total 146,695 100.0