(Newsroom America) -- Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney has taken a lead over President Obama in early polling by a margin of 52-45 percent, according to Gallup.
According to the polling firm, some 15 percent of Americans have already cast their ballots ahead of the Nov. 6 election. And while the early lead for Romney may vanish, some analysts point out that Obama's early lead over then-GOP rival Sen. John McCain in 2008 was even more significant - 55-40 percent.
That means, notes John Nolte at Breitbart, "that Obama's early vote advantage has dropped 22 points when compared to '08."
Guy Benson, writing in the political blog, Hot Air, pointed out that the early-voting percentage was 33 percent of the electorate in 2008; Gallup says 15 percent of voters nationally have already voted.
The poll surveyed 3,312 registered voters, Gallup said, while downplaying the impact of the numbers.
"...[W]hen one looks at the voting intentions of likely voters according to candidate support, the political impact for the two candidates appears to be roughly equal. Of Barack Obama's supporters, 15 percent have already voted and a total of 33 percent indicate they will vote early. Of Mitt Romney's supporters, the figures are 17 percent and 34 percent, respectively," the polling firm said.
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