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Voter Registration Boom Favors Obama

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - It didn't end with the primaries. New
voters are continuing to be signed up in huge numbers in advance of
next month's election.
The 9 million newly-registered voters are overwhelmingly
Democratic, and could help bring victory to Barack Obama on
Election Day -- if they show up. Historically, voter turnout among
the newly-registered is low.
Still, an Associated Press analysis of registration data found
that if the millions of new voters turn out at the same rate that
they did in 2004, and they cast ballots with their declared party
of choice, Obama could have the votes he needs to take several
battleground states away from the Republicans.
A longtime Republican consultant, Carter Wrenn, describes the
trends as "really troubling" for his party.

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