What started out as sheer joy for Colorado Democrats and the media two weeks ago is ending in disaster for them. Ballot returns have been carefully watched since last Monday, and the Democrats saw their share of the lead erode every single day.
Today just 6,565 votes separates the two political parties, with Democrats claiming 35.7% of he vote and Republicans with 35.3%
It looks like this race will hinge on how unaffiliated voters decide, and at the top of the ticket, how many truly independent voters will actually vote for someone who is under the threat of a criminal indictment?
As of today’s report, 1,553,325 ballots have been turned in. We estimate this to be nearly two thirds of the vote total, as the 2012 election saw 2,569,516 presidential votes cast in Colorado. This morning’s ballot chase break down is below:
Republican ballots returned: 547,775
Democrat ballots returned: 554,340
Unaffiliated ballots returned: 429,267
Other party ballots returned: 21,943
Some key counties are below. Totals may not equal because third party ballots are excluded.