Democrats continue to outpace Republicans in early voting in Colorado

DENVER — Democrats are continuing to outpace Republicans in ballot returns, the Secretary of State’s Office said Friday.

have turned in their ballots in Colorado. However, a large number of unaffiliated voters have also turned in their ballots.

The numbers released Friday include all ballots that were mailed in or dropped off.

So far, 269,066 Democrats (44.8 percent) have voted and 241,750 Republicans (40.3 percent) have voted out of a total of 697,414 votes.

The difference of about 27,000 voters might not mean much, as 177,225 unaffiliated voters (25.4 percent) have also submitted ballots, and there are more people registered as unaffiliated than Democrat or Republican in Colorado.

The percentage of Democrat votes is up from 41 percent earlier in the week as is the percentage of Republican votes, from 33 percent. The percentage of unaffiliated voters returning ballots is up slightly.

The numbers of Democrat and Republican voters vary widely from county to county.

In Denver and Boulder counties, Democrats who have already voted greatly outnumber Republicans: 73,043 to 19,545. Democrats also outnumbered Republicans in Pueblo County, 9,994-5,354.

In Larimer and Jefferson counties, the numbers of Democrats and Republicans who had voted were much closer, but still leaned Democrat. Larimer County had 16,323 Democrats voted compared to 15,566 of Republicans. In Jefferson County, Democrats led 33,639-28,952.

In El Paso, Mesa, Montrose and Weld counties, Democrats were greatly outnumbered by Republicans, 66,445-38,507.

According to the most recent voter registration numbers, there are 1,080,438 registered unaffiliated voters in Colorado: 998,845 Democrats and 992,944 Republicans.