The first two days of early voting for Winston-Salem City Council have seen Democrats voting in proportionately higher numbers than their Republican and unaffiliated counterparts.
As of Friday, only 393 people had voted in total, with 61.8 percent of them being registered Democrats. In comparison, Democrats make up only 44.2 percent of the registered voters. Conversely, Republicans have made up 24.7 percent of the early voters, compared to their 31.7-percent share of the overall electorate.
The numbers aren't entirely surprising considering that Democrats tend to take advantage of early voting more than Republicans, but it adds to the challenges for Republican candidates trying to break through and win seats on a council that is overwhelmingly Democratic.
Based on voter registration numbers and candidate quality, Republicans have the best chance to pick up a seat in the Northwest Ward, where Lida Hayes Calvert is running on the GOP ticket.
We'll have more detailed coverage of the challenges faced by Republican candidates on Wednesday, along with a voter guide and endorsements.
Early voting is open through Nov. 2 at the Forsyth County Government Center, located at 201 N. Chestnut St. Hours Monday through Friday are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site is open on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The official election day is Nov. 5.