19:03 GMT01 December 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - More than 80 million Americans have cast early votes for the 3 November presidential election, data from the US Elections Project revealed on Thursday.

    The data showed that as of Thursday afternoon, 80,061,661 registered US voters had cast ballots in the election, representing more than 58 percent of the turnout in 2016, when 138 million citizens voted.

    So far more votes have been cast using mail-in ballots - 51.9 million - and 28.1 million votes have been cast in person, the data shows.

    In the battleground state of Texas, at least half of registered voters have already cast their ballots during the early voting period, according to Texas Tribune. In total, at least 8.6 million Texans out of the 16.9 million registered voters have already cast their votes.

    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, as of mid-day Thursday, leads nationally by 7.7 percent on average in the nine most recent surveys posted on Reaclearpolitics.com, dropping three percentage points from where it stood more than a week ago.

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