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Colorado sets state record for primary turnout

Posted at 2:35 PM, Mar 05, 2020

DENVER — The Colorado Secretary of State's office said Thursday more people took part in this year's 2020 Presidential Primary than in any other primary election in state history.

Turnout was also expected to lead all states that held primaries in Super Tuesday, as well as every primary held so far this year.

As of Wednesday, March 4, the Secretary of State's office said 1,697, 768 ballots had been counted. It also said 1,816,369 were returned, amounting to 46.59% of registered voters.

Of the ballots returned:

  • 1,047,768 Democratic Primary
  • 665,943 Republican Primary
  • 102,596 still in process
  • 602,829 registered unaffiliated ballots

This year was the first Presidential Primary held in Colorado in 20 years, and was the first to allow unaffiliated voters to participate.

Of the 10 Super Tuesday states that have reported only Vermont's turnout rate of 39.4% is comparable to Colorado's.

Colorado's caucus, where voters will select candidates for state and local offices including the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, is scheduled for Saturday, March 7.

The State Primary will take place on June 30.