Colorado elections officials rolled out the first look at who's voting early this election -- and so far more Republicans are voting than Democrats.
The Colorado Secretary of State reports that about 195,000 voters have already cast ballots as of Wednesday afternoon. That figure includes mail-in and absentee voters who have already returned ballots, along with people who have voted in person at early balloting locations.
So far, just over 71,000 Democrats have voted, and about 81,500 Republicans have voted. About 41,000 unaffiliated voters have already cast ballots. The GOP has an advantage in the overall number of active voters, with almost 63,000 more registered Republicans than registered Democrats.
Nationally, the story looks different. Early numbers are showing that Democrats have an edge in voter turn-out in several major counties and states. The numbers have been surprising to many analysts, who had been projecting greater Republican turnout nationally due to the enthusiasm of their base compared to Democrats.
Democrats have gained turf in urban counties in swing states like Ohio, and are turning out in greater numbers in Iowa, Maryland and North Carolina. Nevada, where Democrat Senator Harry Reid has been facing a tough race with Tea Party-backed candidate Sharron Angle, has seen greater Democratic turnout in Clark County, the state's most populous and where two-thirds of votes cast in 2008 came from.
Republicans have an edge in turn-out in Florida, despite Democrats having more registered voters there. The two parties are running even in Maine. Voting has gone up among Republicans since 2008.
A new Associated Press poll still shows Republicans with an advantage in many races nationwide.
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