February 27, 2008

Colorado Voter Registration--February Update

**Update--from my new post over at Schaffer v Udall: what the new numbers and a mediocre showing by Democrat Senate candidate Mark Udall in his party's preference poll on Super Tuesday mean for Colorado's much-hyped Senate race
Following the record turnout on Super Tuesday (complete recap here), there has been an increase in attention from the MSM to the ascent of the unaffiliated/independent bloc in Colorado, a stable Democrat segment, and the "demise" of the GOP.

Last month's voter registration analysis
, ahead of the Colorado caucus, demonstrated the rise in unaffiliated voters. New numbers of Colorado voter registration and affiliation have been released by the Secretary of State. Here is a comparison of voter statistics for February 2004, 2006, and 2008--as well as two handy graphs illustrating each party's registration since January 2004, as well as the overall total for the three main voting blocs in absolute terms:
02/04
R-1044195--37.1%
D-855542--30.4%
U-911510--32.4%
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02/06
R-1044843--36.2%
D-871689--30.2%
U-969915--33.6%
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02/08
R-1013466--34.92%
D-885623--30.52%
U-1003003--34.56%
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Colorado voter registration trends from 01/2004 to 02/2008 (click to enlarge):


Total Colorado registered voters (Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliateds only, click to enlarge):

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