The Washington Times - October 26, 2012, 02:54PM

DENVER — Republicans appear to be winning the voter-turnout battle so far in the crucial swing state of Colorado, according to figures released Friday by the state Secretary of State.

A breakdown of voter turnout by party shows that Republicans have cast 244,263 votes, or 39 percent of the total, while 225,850 Democrats have voted, representing 36 percent. Another 149,877 unaffiliated votes have also cast ballots for 23.9 percent of the total.

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The figures include all ballots received to date, including those submitted by mail and early-voting stations, as well as military and overseas ballots. Early voting in Colorado runs from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2.

One reason for the advantage is that Republicans have registered more voters in Colorado. As of Oct. 19, there were 912,486 registered Republicans, 882,063 unaffiliated voters, and 871,712 Democrats.

The GOP was also leading in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties, two crucial swing counties that tipped the balance for Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in 2010.

The numbers come as both presidential campaigns rev up their ground games in Colorado. The Romney campaign sent out a bevy of the nominee’s sons and supporters this week on the “Romney-Ryan Commit to Mitt Early Vote Express Bus Tour,” with son Josh Romney making four stops Friday.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign launched its own statewide tour bus, the “Colorado Forward RV: Women Decide 2012,” featuring a full house of pro-Obama women, including Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

President Obama won Colorado in 2008 by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent, but the latest polls show the candidates deadlocked.

Four years ago, Colorado Democrats had the early-voting advantage. Figures posted on the KUSA-TV website show that on Oct. 23, 2008, Democrats represented 40 percent of the early voters while Republicans made up 33 percent and unaffiliated voters came in at 27 percent.