Newschannel 5 story gets the attention of top Obama campaign advisors

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - President Obama's top campaign advisors noticed a story we broke here on NewsChannel 5 last night.

And they say it proves their man is on course to win Florida.

During a conference call with reporters, the president's campaign manager, Jim Messina, said:

"You don't have to take my word for it, a Republican in Florida had this to say yesterday in a memo, "The Democrat turnout machine is cleaning our clock," end quote.

The memo we obtained from a GOP campaign adviser in Palm Beach County also said, "Early and absentee turnout is starting to look troubling."

But Republicans statewide are seizing on these numbers as proof they're in good position to win on election day.

This year, according to the Washington Post, Democrats lead 43 to 41 percent in early voting, which will not match their 46-37 edge they had in 2008.

"From what I see, all of the different groups are doing a great job in getting their voters to the polls," said Republican State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff.

Bogdanoff is running in a closely-watched race for state senate against Democratic State Sen. Maria Sachs.

The memo we obtained cautioned that turnout in the county - where Democrats had a 60-22 advantage after three days of early voting, could hurt down-ticket candidates, like her.

She has faith that county Republicans - led by Sid Dinerstein - are running a thorough operation.

"At the end of the day, what really matters is what happens at the end of Election Day as to who is going to win or lose," said Bogdanoff.

Dinerstein told us in a statement tonight:

"President Obama's early voting lead is 70% less than it was at this point four years ago.

Indeed, there is a clock cleaning coming."

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