A CNN reporter who had been tracking Colorado’s voter registration correctly surmised that by September’s end Democrats would outnumber Republicans but he wondered: When was the last time that happened going into a general election?
Reporter Marshall Cohen called with that question in mid-September. A search through voter abstracts and binders — filled with monthly registration stats — revealed it was 1984. Despite the lead, President Reagan still carried Colorado.
The research turned up some other interesting factoids on Colorado’s voter history: Fifty years ago, more than one-fourth of Colorado voters lived in Denver County, and unaffiliated voters over the decades have often been the largest voting block in the state, just as they are right now.
The next monthly report from Colorado Secretary of State’s office on voter registration is
due this week now available at the SoS website. (Unaffiliated voters are still the largest voting block, despite an earlier report in this blog that Democrats had taken the lead. It’s so tough when Curis Hubbard is right.) When last month’s report was issued, the state had 3.1 million active voters, including 998,845 Democrats and 992,944 Republicans.
Cohen and colleague Jeff Simon visited Colorado to talk to them.
“Whether it’s because of the mountains, the microbreweries or the legal marijuana, Colorado is an attractive place to live,” they wrote.
The CNN piece was titled, “Colorado is not a battleground this year; Is it the next blue state?”