DENVER–Colorado Republicans are so far voting in greater numbers than Democrats or unaffiliated voters, according to figures released Friday by the Colorado Secretary of State.
A breakdown of voter turnout by party shows 244,263 Republican voters have submitted ballots, or 18,413 more than the 225,850 Democrats who have voted. Another 149,877 unaffiliated voters have also cast their votes.
That means Republicans have so far cast 39 percent of the ballots in Colorado, with Democrats at 36 percent and unaffiliated voters at 23.9 percent.
One reason: Republicans are winning the voter-registration battle in Colorado. As of Oct. 19, there were 912,486 registered Republicans, 882,063 unaffiliated voters, and 871,712 Democrats.
The figures represent a cumulative total of Colorado voters, including mail-in and early-voting totals. The number also include 7,680 ballots mailed in by military and overseas personnel, already nearly double the 4,545 such ballots received in 2010, according to Secretary of State spokesman Rich Coolidge.
Republicans are also leading in the critical swing counties of Arapahoe and Jefferson. So far 25,295 Republicans have voted in Arapahoe County, compared with 22,837 Democrats and 13,610 unaffiliateds.
In Jefferson County, 32,226 Republicans have cast ballots along with 28,530 Democrats and 20,097 unaffiliated voters.
Voters in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties were largely credited with swinging the 2010 Senate race for Democrat Michael Bennet.
A massive voter-registration drive spearheaded by Secretary of State Scott Gessler saw total voter registration rise from 3.29 million in 2010 to 3.61 million in 2012.