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Republicans overtake Democrats in early voting

DENVER — Colorado Republicans have taken the lead in the returned ballot race.

This is the first time the GOP has been ahead of Democrats in the early stages of voting in the state. The race remains extremely close.

David Flaherty with Magellan Strategies tweeted the news Friday night.

Magellan Strategies has been conducting voter opinion polling and survey research projects since 2006 in nearly every state in the country.

According to Flaherty, the GOP leads in ballot returns in Colorado with a tight lead of just 80 ballots.

A total of 1,659,478 ballots have been returned.

The number of Republican ballots received is 586,202. Democrats have returned 586,122 ballots.

Ballot returns are wrapping up and the last day of voting is Election Day.