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Politics

Voter registration favors Democrats in battlegrounds

But signups lag behind levels set in ’08 campaign

MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Obama’s campaign has issued two memoranda in the past week extolling the ability of its vaunted field organization to register new voters and boost early voting turnout in key battleground states.

Registration data from the six swing states that record newly registered voters’ party preference indicate a Democratic edge in new sign-ups since the primaries and caucuses earlier this year, but the numbers fall short of what the party achieved in 2008 — and newly registered independents easily exceed new registrations by either party.

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