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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