Mar 4, 2024 - Politics

Colorado's independent voters are wild card in GOP race

Data: Colorado Secretary of State; Chart: John Frank/Axios
Data: Colorado Secretary of State; Chart: John Frank/Axios

Colorado voters who are not affiliated with a political party are the wild card in Tuesday's 2024 presidential primary election.

State of play: About 45% of them have participated in the Republican primary, more than double the number who voted in the Democratic primary, an Axios analysis of new state data through Sunday shows.

  • Unaffiliated voters in Colorado can cast a ballot in either party primary, but not both.

Why it matters: Unaffiliated voters typically lean moderate and Democratic, so the numbers suggest that independent voters could skew the Republican primary results against President Trump.

By the numbers: One-third of the total votes cast so far in the Republican primary — about 161,300 — came from unaffiliated voters.

The other side: Democratic primary turnout remains subpar, suggesting the hastily organized "noncommitted" protest vote against President Biden is not yet gaining traction.

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