Early voting: Democrats up in Nevada, GOP up in Colorado
October 30th, 2012
04:44 PM ET
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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. truth hurts

    Problem for Obamas is that a LOT of Democrats are voting for ROMNEY!!! Even THEY can't take another 4 years of Obama!!

    October 30, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Nick

    Not surprising – in order to get all those dead and 110 year old voters to the polls you have to start early.

    Democratic motto – vote early, vote often! No wonder they don't want voter ID laws – they'd immediately be jailed for fraud.

    October 30, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    We voted on Sunday in Maryland. My husband is a rino so even though he shows up on the record as a rethug, which he is NOT, he votes Democrat.
    We love to skew any the rethug's figures just for the heck of it.

    October 30, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Barak Lincoln

    I've watched all of the Sunday Morning New's show's during this election and as I continue to watch and listen to the commentary I cant help but see the Elephant in the room: However I dont see an elephent, I see a Klansman and a Black Panther, meaning that the obvious (Race) is being overlooked... America's economic growth is at 2% while Asia and Europe is in the negative, and its been that way. The president's policies are out performing the rest of the world and I just wonder where America would be in Jobs, and the economy if that elephant wasn't in the room... They say the President is not a leader, while at the same time forgetting that before he put his hand on the bible Mitch Mcconnell, Newt Ginrich and others decided that they were going to obstruct! and now they are saying that they will not accept an Electorial Victory by the President if Mitt Romney wins the popular vote. Vote Early and call your friend,neighbor, and relatives... make it okay to vote.

    October 30, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Colorado's 9 electoral votes will be huge for Mitt Romney. Add that to Ohio, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina and it's a done deal. The real American recovery begins.

    October 30, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. DENNA

    Go President Obama. I have already voted early for you. There was never any doubt. I am actually better off than I was four years ago due to your policies. I recognize that the economy is getting better too. LOL I'm not a Republcan so I don't live in that bubble that refuses to face facts that I don't like.

    October 30, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. terriebari

    I cannot believe that people listen to rhetoric, ads and polls before voting. Romney as governor:
    CUT TEACHERS, doubled class sizes
    Did NOT seek out the binder full of women (said binder existed before he was elected)
    Was Governor when the DISASTER of the "Big Dig" took place

    If you think Romney isn't going to cut the things you care about, like medicare, or raise your taxes...well, ask the people of MA.

    October 30, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. TheVoice2

    Four and the Door....I hate to break it to ya but Mitt Phony is not going to win Ohio. If W. Bush was a puppet, Mitt is a marionette. Never a candidate has won the presidency without winning their home state. Mass is for Obama by +27 points.

    October 30, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    This is extremely silly "make-news". You can tell nothing from these numbers. NOTHING. Unless it is exit polls and some indication of HOW these people voted, particularly since such a significant portion of the turnout is unaffiliated, then you can't claim anyone has a lead of any sort.

    "Colorado's 9 electoral votes will be huge for Mitt Romney. Add that to Ohio, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina and it's a done deal. "

    And that's the problem for Mittens. He's not getting Bohio.

    October 30, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. 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.

    October 30, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Phil

    Not Good for Obama, cause even with that 215,754 that are Dem affiliated, a lot of them are going Romney cause of the Last 4 years. On top of that the 86,840 which are a combo between Libertarian & Indep. Romney also has the edge there too. Add that on top of the Republican votes sent in early, both Nevada & Colorado could go Romney on the 6th. Lots of conservatives that are quiet will be voting day of too.

    October 30, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Mike

    LOL! Dems aren't voting for Romney. The fake trolls are just Truth Hurts and his buddies in disguise.

    October 30, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Lizzy' s mom

    I would not read too much into these polls, because my whole family are Republicans, but we are voting for President Obama this go around. So, polls are not always right...

    October 30, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. truth hurts

    I wonder how many of these early voters will also try to vote on election day, as themselves, or their dead neighbor, or somebody they know isn't voting? I don't put anything past the Democrats and their fraud machine. It's why they don't want IDs.

    October 30, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Pete

    @truth hurts,nothing you post surprises me anymore ,all just ignorent rantings.Remember if you want to know what's really going on poll wise nitwit don't go by Gallop they're a twin to FOX all trash from Murdoch the rag owner..Nate Silver is the guy that knows,he predicted the last presidencial landslide and with his calculations he was only 4 votes off electoral wise and just a few percentage points off total voter turnout.No one anywhere is close to him and he sees Pres.Obama hands down as a winner and not as close as you think electorally either!!Check out his site: fivethirtyeight.com and you'll see just how close Romney really is and truth he does know what he's talking about,even more than you!!

    October 30, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    ...If you think Romney isn't going to cut the things you care about, like medicare, or raise your taxes...well, ask the people of MA.
    He implemented the first universal health care coverage of its kind. He closed tax loopholes for corporations in the state. And he turned a $3 billion deficit into a $700 million surplus in his final 2 years. And everything he did was fully transparent. Unlike Obama ( or Obama's promises ), he did not do deals in back rooms. He brought his deals out in public the way a confident and honest government leader should.

    October 30, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. rhett47

    Are there no laws that prohibit the reporting of results before the polls are closed? Or are we just ignoring them?

    October 30, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. rhett47

    I am much better off than I was 28 years ago. Does that mean I should vote for Reagan (again)?

    October 30, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. lal singh

    Kim L. From your post I can assure that you never voted Obama. Dream on. Unless you are 1% no help from Romney..

    October 30, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. kayla

    can't wate for nest tuesday to get these repugnants.

    October 30, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    Tuesday can't get here fast enough for me. Straight democratic ticket for me and I've encouraged all my family members to do the same in their states.

    The president will win NV and CO and I don't care what the polls say anymore.

    October 30, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    Kim L
    This here DEM cast my vote in CO for ROMNEY.
    Thank you Kim for making a choice based on what you know, not what you have been told. Unfortunate that you were mislead in 2008. You were not alone. But you deserve better. We all do. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    October 30, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. 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?

    October 30, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    dems shouldnt waste there time

    October 30, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Borderless

    In California. I voted for Romney. I think there might have been better candidates out there. Not necessarily in the pool of fails that were in the Republican primaries, but there could have been better candidates. I think of all the pathetic losers to have thrown their hats in the ring this election year, Romney is the least bad. Obama ranks just barely above Bachmann, even with her extra points for being cute. At the end of the day, maybe our best bet is that the Mayans were right.

    October 30, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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