As of June 29, three days after the polls closed, Secretary of State Wayne Williams reports that 1.2 million Colorado voters participated in the combined Republican and Democratic primary elections. That constitutes 37 percent of active registered voters statewide, a more-than-respectable turnout for a primary.
On the Democratic side of the ledger, 27 percent of the primary ballots received came from unaffiliated voters. Coloradans who weren’t registered as Republicans, but voted in the Republican primary, accounted for 20 percent of the ballots cast in that primary.
Given how close several races were, it is entirely possible that unaffiliated voters determined the ultimate outcomes of party races. The Republican primary for state treasurer was decided by 1 percent of the total votes cast. The Democratic primary for state attorney general was decided by less than 1 percent of the total votes cast.
Most importantly, nearly 300,000 unaffiliated voters who would not have previously been able to play a part in determining the candidates for local, statewide and national offices, took the opportunity provided to them under the new law to do exactly that June 26.
The major party candidates in the Nov. 6 election for statewide offices and national offices in our area will be:
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