Colorado Democratic voters as enthusiastic as GOP counterparts

The statistics that came out of Tuesday’s primary voting underline the near equal split between Democratic and Republican voters in purple swing state Colorado.

The numbers of voters registered for the two parties are separated by a mere 40,000 votes, giving the Republican party a slight edge. What’s more, in the year of the tea party and in a primary where heated contests filled the GOP ballot, Democrats Tuesday flew in the face of media laments that Democrats this election season lack enthusiasm by turning out in rough equal percentages as their fired-up GOP counterparts.

The Secretary of State’s office Tuesday afternoon released numbers for total voters participating in the primaries:

326,782 Democrats and 381,833 Republicans voted in their respective primaries.

According to June 2010 numbers, there are 817,458 Democratic party voters registered in Colorado and 855,667 Republican voters.

The primary contest Tuesday brought out 40 percent of registered Democrats and 45 percent of registered Republicans.

November’s midterm election may well see record turn out on both sides.

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