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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - About 1 in 3 absentee ballots cast in Wisconsin so far have come from the state's largest and most heavily Democratic counties.

Those numbers are giving Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign a reason to be optimistic about its chances in the state even as polls show a tight race with Republican Donald Trump.

Numbers compiled by the state Elections Commission show that as of Tuesday nearly 51,000 absentee ballots have been returned statewide. Of those, about 16,600 were from either Milwaukee or Dane counties.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook singled out those returns in a conference call with reporters as showing strength for Clinton.

By comparison, in the heavily Republican suburban Milwaukee counties of Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington, only about 4,600 early votes have been cast.

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