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US Election Updates - September 28, 2012

Early voting begins in battleground state of Iowa

Early voting begun on Thursday in Iowa, a vital swing state that could determine the outcome of the November presidential election.

The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are urging supporters to cast their ballots.

South Dakota, Vermont and Idaho have already begun in-person early voting, but Iowa is the first battleground state to do so.

Most Americans head to the polls on November 6.

In the last presidential election, 545,000 Iowans cast their votes early, making up around 30 percent of the total ballots in the state. Obama won the Midwestern rural state with a solid majority.

Recent polls suggest the incumbent is leading Iowa by an average of almost five points.

Early voting formed a large part of Obama's success in the 2008 election. Nearly a quarter of the 133 million people who voted that year had cast their ballots before Election Day.

According to previous polls, Democratic voters across several swing states are more likely than Republicans to vote ahead of time.