Feb 12, 2024 - Politics

Colorado starts to vote in Super Tuesday presidential primary

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Ballots for Colorado's March 5 presidential primary will begin arriving in the mail as soon as Monday.

The intrigue: The Democratic and Republican contests feature a lengthy list of candidates beyond the frontrunners, President Biden and former President Trump.

Why it matters: Neither Biden nor Trump is popular in Colorado, and the ballot gives voters the opportunity to cast a protest vote in a major Super Tuesday contest.

Details: On the Democratic side, voters can pick "noncommitted delegate" instead of Biden if they have no preference in the race. The state party requested the option.

  • U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota is among the eight named contenders on the Democratic ballot, most of whom are unknowns.
  • The order of the candidate's names is randomly drawn, and Biden's name is second from the bottom.

The other side: Four Republicans who exited the primary race are still listed: Vivek Ramaswamy, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Asa Hutchinson and Chris Christie, as is Nikki Haley.

Be smart: Registered Democrats and Republicans will receive ballots for their respective primaries, while unaffiliated voters will receive both with the option to return one of them.

Of note: In-person voting begins Feb. 20 and 16 voting centers in Denver will open Feb. 26. All ballots are due by 7pm March 5.

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