Politics & Policy

Colorado: Record Turnout For Dems, GOP Turnout Soars Ahead of Tomorrow’s Primary

The latest ballot returns for Colorado’s August 10 primary were released this afternoon:

Totals from Colorado’s Secretary of State office as of 3pm:



Total Active Voters:



Turnout Percentages:



The SOS Public Information Officer Rich Coolidge added this explanatory note to his email release:

“Colorado County clerks may begin processing (not tabulating) ballots 15 days before the election. All 64 counties should have a good sample of mail ballots tabulated after 7:00pm tomorrow evening. Remember, 46 counties are voting exclusively by mail, so ballots received Tuesday may not be included in that original release of results. The remaining 18 counties will still have mail results, but will also need to factor in votes cast at precinct polling places (like El Paso, Pitkin, Las Animas, etc) or at vote centers (like Weld, Park, Archuleta, etc).”

This follows today’s earlier poll results release from Public Policy Polling that  gives Sen. Michael Bennet a modest lead over Democratic primary opponent Andrew Romanoff, while both GOP Gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races remain too close to call:

Democratic U.S. Senate Primary:

Sen. Michael Bennet 49

Andrew Romanoff 43

Undecided 9

GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Scott McInnis 41

Dan Maes 40

Undecided 19

GOP U.S. Senate Primary

Ken Buck 43

Jane Norton 45

Undecided 12

Observers expect the higher turnout to favor the candidates with higher name recognition–the so-called “establishment” candidates–although it is not clear whether late, potentially game-changing stories involving all three sets of top-of-the-ticket primaries will impact the eventual outcome. In two thirds of Colorado’s counties, all mail-in balloting will be conducted, and most ballots have been out for three weeks.

Democrats have already exceeded their highest primary turnout ever, and Republicans are on track to do the same.


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