2016 US Election: More than 46 million votes cast before US Election Day

11:12 Nov. 8, 2016

More than 46 million votes cast before US Election Day

A 'Vote Here' sign is displayed outside the Fairfield County Board of Elections Office in Lancaster, Ohio, U.S., Oct. 29, 2016 (Getty Images)

Record-breaking early voting fuels Democratic optimism 

More than 46 million votes have been cast in advance of Election Day, breaking records in state after state and suggesting the prospect of a heightened Hispanic turnout that could upend politics in several battleground states.

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While there's no way to know whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is ahead, the available data about who has voted so far, and where, provides some insight into what the results might hold.

There are signs of an unusually diverse electorate, marked by robust Hispanic numbers in places like Florida and Nevada. Women seem to have turned out in disproportionately high numbers in some states. In others, Republicans appear to have made late gains.

POLITICO has come up with the five storylines that have emerged from the early voting period. All of them are available here

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