Data obtained from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday reveal more ballots have been requested by Republicans than by members of any other party in the state.
A total of 1,950,185 ballots have been delivered by the state to date, with Republicans accounting for 673,676. The Republicans have pulled ahead of their Democratic opponents by nearly 20,000 ballots thus far. Ballots have been dispersed to seven political parties: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green, American Constitution, Americans Elect, and Unaffiliated. Americans Elect received the smallest number of ballots, with only 1,713 requested.
Following is a list of the total number of ballots requested by each party, in descending order:
- Republican: 673,676
- Democratic: 654,129
- Unaffiliated: 598,503
- Libertarian: 12,963
- Green: 5,040
- American Constitution: 4,161
- Americans Elect: 1,713
Other data obtained by Media Trackers from the secretary of state show five groups and organizations registered with the State of Colorado who subscribe to receive daily voter registration and turnout numbers. Here the Democrats have the upper hand, as three of the five organizations lean to the left:
- Democratic National Committee
- Colorado Republican Committee
- National Hispanic Voter Educational Foundation
Early voting data totals in the 2010 election cycle also showed more Republicans than Democrats voting early. Records show 1,211,297 early ballots were cast in Colorado in 2010. Forty percent were cast by Republicans, 34 percent by Democrats, and 24 percent by independents. In 2008, Colorado voters cast 1,704,208 early ballots, with a near tie between Republicans and Democrats – 36 percent and 37 percent, respectively.
Already, early 2012 voting numbers far outpace final numbers for both the 2008 and 2010 election cycles in Colorado.
The latest polling data show Mitt Romney with a slight lead among independent voters in the state.
A recent Gravis poll specific to the state puts Romney at 45.78 percent over Obama’s 45.02 percent, a slim edge for Republicans.
A recent Survey USA (SUSA) poll of Colorado on Tuesday and Wednesday showed Romney leading independents 43 to 39 percent. The four point edge came in a poll of 614 likely Colorado voters. The SUSA poll also suggested Romney may be peeling Democrat voters away from Obama, as Romney drew the support of 10 percent of Democrats while retaining 90 percent of Republicans in the state.