Two months before Election Day, early voting kicks off next week in North Carolina. It’s the first in a run of key states where minority voters and young adults could give one of the White House contenders a decisive advantage.
For Donald Trump, it’s a major test of whether his recent outreach to non-white groups is translating into votes. Minorities can tip the scales in the increasingly diverse battleground states of North Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Georgia. Those are all must-win states for Trump, except Colorado.
Early voters are expected to make up 50 to 75 percent or more of all ballots in the six states, based on 2012 figures. That’s compared to a national average of 35 percent, according to election data compiled by The Associated Press.