Early voting: Democrats up in Nevada, GOP up in Colorado
October 30th, 2012
04:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Early voting: Democrats up in Nevada, GOP up in Colorado

(CNN) - Early voting turnout numbers released Tuesday in two western battleground states show mixed results one week before Election Day.

In Nevada, more Democrats have cast their ballots already, while more Republicans have done the same in Colorado, according to the official numbers.

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In Nevada, nearly half a million voters have either voted early in person, by mail, or by absentee ballot, the Nevada Secretary of State's office confirmed.

As of now, Democrats have an edge in the state, with 215,754 turning out their vote, compared to 181,278 Republicans. About 86,840 voters with a different party affiliation have also voted.

The state, with six electoral votes, has been highly contested territory. Then-candidate Barack Obama carried Nevada in 2008 by 12.5% over Sen. John McCain.

A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, however, showed the state in a tight race between Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The survey, released last week, indicated that the president was ahead by three points in Nevada.

The poll marked the latest in a series of polls that show Obama with an advantage over Romney in the state.

The picture looks different in Colorado, where slightly more Republicans have turned out to vote. According to the secretary of state's office, nearly a million people have made their pick, about 40% of the total voter turnout in 2008.

About 370,990 Republicans have cast their ballots compared to roughly 343,720 Democrats. Meanwhile, about 241,000 voters who were unaffiliated also turned out.

Colorado, with nine electoral votes, also shows a tight race. A new American Research Group poll released Monday indicated Romney has a narrow one-point edge over Obama, 48%-47%, in the state.

Along with Nevada, Obama also carried Colorado four years ago, turning the state from red to blue and winning by nine percent.

Both Romney and Obama campaigned in Colorado last week, and the president was scheduled to return to the state on Tuesday but canceled his plans to monitor conditions related to Superstorm Sandy.

– CNN Correspondent Miguel Marquez contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Mitt Romney • Nevada • President Obama
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Vote for Obama12. Drive GOP thugs out.

    October 30, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. jinx88

    Mittens will lose and lose big. Whats funny is reading some of these Repukes comments on here and the actual think Mittens has a chance. If Mittens thought he was winning why is he in Ohio campaigning today when he said he wouldnt? Ummm maybe cause he is losing in Ohio and Wisconsin. Mittens can have Colorado and Florida, thats about all he will get for swing states. Sorry Repukes maybe 2016 might be your year. Repeat after me "4 more years, 4 more years". LMAO

    October 30, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Jon

    Jill Stein for president 2012!

    October 30, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. jinx88

    By the way Repukes, Gallup poll shows Obama and Mittens tied. Gallup poll had Mittens up by 5 two days ago. Gallup is the most right leaning poll out there, besides Rasmussen. Its over for Mittens.

    October 30, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "I believed in Obama's change back in 2008 and both my husband and I lost our homes, hubby losing his job. Where was the support to help us? Where were our free Obama phones"

    Really makes you mad that you can't drop the n-bomb anymore, huh?

    October 30, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Jrdz

    At this point the only way Mittens can win is by Stealing The Election just like W did.

    October 30, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "This here DEM cast my vote in CO for ROMNEY. I believed in Obama's change back in 2008 and both my husband and I lost our homes, hubby losing his job. Where was the support to help us? Where were our free Obama phones?"

    Ha! If you fake that poorly with yoru husband, then I truly feel sorry for his sense of male pride.

    October 30, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Ancient Texan

    Pete- You might want to check with Silver again...he's looking at his hole card and shaking his head.

    October 30, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. freeme10

    If Gov. Romney wins in November, I pledge to show him the respect that the POTUS deserves. I did the same for President Bush. The fact that I may not vote for someone is no excuse for showing the kind of disrespect that I am seeing on this post directed towards President Obama. We can disagree with policies and support our candidates without resorting to such childish and intolerable behavior. As a cancer survivor, I hope either President Obama is reelected or Gov. Romney changes his mind about "Obamacare." That disease nearly killed me, kept me out of work for nearly a year, and plunged me into debt. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. That is one reason my vote is going to the President.

    October 30, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. independent FL

    I voted straight democratic ticket here in sunny Florida, so did my wife and I lot people that I talk to they say they will vote obama, I did my part.

    October 30, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Patrick in Wisconsin
    Four, you're right. Mitt did implement the first major health care coverage plan in the nation, and Obama did the exact same thing, but now Mitt's against it! Hypocrisy much?
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ObamaCare was written by lobbyists in the back rooms. Wonder why the cost to the federal government has already doubled? Expect it to keep looking less and less like what was sold to the taxpayer. But it will be gone before we let it drag our country into the dirt. This was a bad deal for Americans. We deserve better. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    October 30, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Matthew Jones

    I remember polls being similar during the McCain election. Then Obama landed over 300 Electoral votes. I see 4 states with heavy Hispanic populations, who it is well known, aren't part of the polling samples. Florida, Colorado and Nevada. Can it not be acknowledged that the GOP have alienated the Latino vote with all of that "self deportation" talk? That's not counting Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa. Who are going to go blue, based on Romney's negative stance towards the Automotive bailouts, and his known outsourcing record. This looks more and more like, 4 more years....

    October 30, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Larry in Houston

    it doesn't make sense the GOP is Up in Colorado – when I saw 60 minutes last sunday – Colorado is trending like Calif. in regards to the marijuana business – they've got it legal, for medical resons, and they are taxing it. Funny how romney is winning Co.
    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    October 30, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. 2012liberal

    Doesnt mean every republican is voting romney. I know some republicans that dont trust him. And most ind lean democrate. I pray our country is on the right side of history n this election. As the saying goes 'u get the country u deserve' so u vote 4 it u get it. Just tired of the amnesia crowd.

    October 30, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. Gary Johnson 2012

    You want to end the class warfare? THROW BOTH PARTIES OUT AND END THE FED!!!! The federal reserve has been redistributing the little guys money since 1913 through inflation, and that is why prices keep going up. End the Fed! Gary Johnson 2012

    October 30, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Jan

    @Sniffit, was you in a coma the day Obama took office? He's not superman and it would have took superman to get us out of the mess Bush put us in, in 4 years. Voting for Romney is just like voting for Bush three times. Romney even has the same people working for him as Bush.

    October 30, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Joe

    I am an independent and live in Ohio I can't vote for Gov. Romney because he has changed his pos. so many time it reminds me of the flip flop days. I will cast my vote for the President he did help the auto ind. which my state depends on that ind.

    October 30, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Jessie P.

    There are now several people who went to Romneys so called relief rally and were excited to vote for him, however, he proved his true colors when the relief rally for Hurricane Sandy victims turned into just another campaign rally.........that just did not sit well and shows Romney/Ryan doesn't care about people. Also they say it is upsetting that Romney will not answer questions until November 6 and lastly, they are upset about Romney and the ad he won't take down though he knows he is lying about Chrysler and Jeep. Long story short, they are now voting for Obama. So are we and we, too, are registered Republicans.

    October 30, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Tadesse

    I live in Colorado just castes my vote not only for Obama also to all democrats

    October 30, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. Getoverit

    @Sniffit

    Really makes you mad that you can't drop the n-bomb anymore, huh?

    Ha! If you fake that poorly with yoru husband, then I truly feel sorry for his sense of male pride.
    -------------------------–
    Seriously? Is that all you can do is spew garbage? How about posting something with intelligence and substance for a change?!

    October 30, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. DENNA

    @ – Kim L

    This here DEM cast my vote in CO for ROMNEY. I believed in Obama's change back in 2008 and both my husband and I lost our homes, hubby losing his job. Where was the support to help us? Where were our free Obama phones? We received no help whatsoever, and things are still worsening. It is time for a change, and its Romney for us.
    ....................................................................................................................................................................................
    Free Obama phones? Say what? No wonder hubby lost his job – apparently he is lazy and was looking for handouts, right? I don't believe for a moment that you voted for President Obama in 2008. If you did, you would still vote for him again instead of going back to the policies that got us here to begin with – the GOP smoke machine.

    October 30, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. rose ferrari

    No way,I would vote for Obama again.My son is in the military.If he was in harms way,I do not want him left hangin like those in Bengazi.

    October 30, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. coloradan

    This is misleading. Just because you are registered to a certain party doesn't mean you are voting for that party. More registered Republicans vote absentee in CO b/c they live in rural mountainous places where it is less convenient to reach a polling center – particularly given the weather we've had here lately.

    October 30, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. Sheep

    Obama will lose and lose big. Whats funny is reading some of these Dimocrats comments on here and the actual think Obama has a chance. If Obama thought he was winning why is he in Ohio campaigning today when he said he wouldnt? Ummm maybe cause he is losing in Ohio and Wisconsin. Obama can have Colorado and Florida, thats about all he will get for swing states. Sorry Dimocrats maybe 2016 might be your year. LMAO

    October 30, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. Lee McBrayer

    I cannot understand anyone who would want to elect a man with more faces than Facebook. He actually lies! I was a Hillary fan and OBoma would not have been my choice but almost anybody would be better than Romney. He has pretended different persuasion at each campaign cycle to suit the momeent. The tea party and other far right elements will hold him to those themes that managed to secure him the nomination. The congress will truly be in charge of the government unless the senate remains under control of Democrats. Independs cannot really think the Romney of late is the candidate they are looking to elect??

    October 30, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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