Republicans have been relatively bullish about their chances to turn Iowa red, but this little statistic raises a red (er, a blue) flag.
With absentee and early voting set to begin next week in Iowa, a battleground state in the presidential race, Democrats have a 6-1 edge in ballot requests so far, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Democrats requested roughly 100,000 ballots, compared with 16,073 ballots requested by Republicans, the newspaper said. Absentee voting and in-person early voting begins on Sept. 27.
"I see the early vote numbers, and I grimace a little bit," said Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Iowa Republican Party and the editor of a popular blog, told The Journal.
Obama currently leads by 2.3% in the RCP average of Iowa, but the most recent survey, via Rasmussen, had Romney up 3%.