On Thursday, voters in Iowa began casting their ballots for the presidential race, kicking off an early-voting season that is expected to have profound repercussions on the campaign. As many as 40 percent of Americans are expected to vote before November 6, meaning that the warring campaigns have even fewer days to woo voters to their respective sides. The rise of early voting is particularly harmful to Mitt Romney, who has fallen behind in the polls in several key battleground states, and is hoping for a game-changing event to change his fortunes. Many early voters in Iowa, for example, will have cast their ballots before the first presidential debate on October 3.
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