Early voters in North Carolina are clearly favoring a Democratic ballot this year as they vote in the state's historic presidential primary election.
State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett said Monday that more than 85 percent of unaffiliated early voters chose to vote on the Democratic ticket.
As of Monday morning, more than 323,000 of all voters had chosen a Democratic ballot while just 72,000 voted on the GOP side. The total number of early voters is approaching 500,000. That's more than half of the total number of voters who cast a ballot during the 2004 primary.
Bartlett said this year's primary has long felt like a general election, and the numbers are starting to reflect that sentiment.