US elections: 14 days to go

Record early voting favours Democrats, spells risk for Trump

But Republicans prefer voting in person and President has made gains with some groups

Supporters of Democratic challenger Joe Biden cheering during his campaign stop in Durham, North Carolina, on Sunday. Mr Biden is running 10.5 points ahead of Mr Trump nationally, says the FiveThirtyEight website which tracks poll data. A voter depos
US President Donald Trump dancing at the end of a rally in Carson City, Nevada, on Sunday. Mr Trump's support base may be narrow, but is fanatically loyal, and mid-western states will mostly vote in person on election day.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Supporters of Democratic challenger Joe Biden cheering during his campaign stop in Durham, North Carolina, on Sunday. Mr Biden is running 10.5 points ahead of Mr Trump nationally, says the FiveThirtyEight website which tracks poll data. A voter depos
Supporters of Democratic challenger Joe Biden cheering during his campaign stop in Durham, North Carolina, on Sunday. Mr Biden is running 10.5 points ahead of Mr Trump nationally, says the FiveThirtyEight website which tracks poll data.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Supporters of Democratic challenger Joe Biden cheering during his campaign stop in Durham, North Carolina, on Sunday. Mr Biden is running 10.5 points ahead of Mr Trump nationally, says the FiveThirtyEight website which tracks poll data. A voter depos
A voter depositing her mail-in ballot for the presidential election at a collection box in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday. Arizona is one of eight critical swing states that will determine the outcome of the Nov 3 election. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Early voting is reported to be setting records with just two weeks to go to the presidential election, pointing to enthusiasm in the Democratic Party's base which spells danger for President Donald Trump's bid for re-election.

Take the state of Georgia, in the southern United States, for instance. As at noon on Sunday, 1,451,131 voters had already cast ballots - a 152 per cent increase over the same point in 2016. Voting by absentee ballots has shot up 648 per cent over 2016.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2020, with the headline 'Record early voting favours Democrats, spells risk for Trump'. Print Edition | Subscribe