In early voting, Florida GOP operative says Democrats are ‘cleaning our clock’

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Palm Beach County Republicans are concerned about Democrats staking out an advantage in early voting, according to a memo obtained by FLDemocracy/WPTV.

The memo, from an adviser to a local GOP campaign, said that the Democratic turnout effort is “cleaning our clock.”

“The early and absentee turnout is starting to look more troubling,” the GOP operative said in the memo sent Tuesday.  “Even if Romney wins the state (likely based on polls), the turnout deficit in PBC will affect our local races.”

Palm Beach County GOP Chair Sid Dinerstein, who is responsible for leading the local Republican ground-game, criticized the memo.

“For the most part it’s not particularly relevant, there’s not a single person who went to the polls today who didn’t know who they were voting for for president,” said Dinerstein. “There are differences down ticket. All our guys got their stuff before they went to the polls.”

Dinerstein insisted motivation will not be a problem for GOP voters in Palm Beach County.

“We are broken glass Republicans, meaning we will walk over broken glass to vote,” Dinerstein said.

Here is the text of the memo:

The early and absentee turnout is starting to look more troubling.

As of yesterday, Republicans made up only 22% of early voters and 30% of returned absentee votes.

This is closer to (and worse than) 2008 where we saw 19% EV and 38% of the absentees. 2010 (our blowout year) was 33% of EV and 45% of AB.

 Conslusion: The Democrat turnout machine in the county has been very effective and they are cleaning our clock. Even if Romney wins the state (likely based on polls), the turnout deficit in PBC will affect our local races.

When you are calling or canvassing, remind people how effective our opposition has been and how they must not only get themselves to the polls, but their friends and neighbors as well.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.