The Washington Times - November 6, 2012, 02:12PM

DENVER — Republican voters continued to outpace the competition at the ballot box in Colorado, maintaining their 2 percentage-point lead over Democrats in figures released Tuesday evening.

With two hours before polls were scheduled to close, more than 2 million Coloradans had cast votes, with Republicans coming in at 35.8 percent of the total and Democrats trailing with 33.7 percent, according to figures released by the Colorado Secretary of State.

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The 2-point edge was the same that Republicans had maintained throughout the day. The latest tally showed Democrats overtaking Republicans in Arapahoe County, a critical swing county, while Republicans padded their lead in Jefferson County.

Unaffiliated voters steadily increased their percentage of the vote throughout the day, registering 29.3 percent of the vote at 5 p.m. MST, up from 28.8 percent at noon.

Polls in Colorado close at 7 p.m. MST. Colorado is regarded as a critical swing state for both presidential candidates, and surveys have shown the state in a dead heat for most of the campaign.