The Democratic Party has a 53 to 41% advantage in terms of unbiased party identification among voters with a college degree or more. When it comes to partisan and gender preferences, the Republican Party has a significant advantage in terms of party identification among men, an advantage that has expanded in recent years, while the Democratic Party has a major advantage among women. Among white voters with graduate experience, the Democratic Party has a 54 to 42% advantage when it comes to party identification. Meanwhile, the Republican Party has gained a wide advantage in terms of party affiliation among members of the Silent Generation, which includes voters who are now between 71 and 88 years old.
No other district in Colorado has experienced comparable change in recent months; neither party has lost more than a few hundred voters in other areas during that time. The Republican Party has maintained an advantage in party affiliation among white voters with some college experience in each of the past 24 years. Sandra Fish is a data journalist for the Colorado News Collaborative and Colorado Sun and discovered that 65,868 Republicans and 47,838 Democrats changed their affiliation to unaffiliated, as reported by The Sun. Among non-white voters, the Democratic Party has a wide advantage in terms of slanted party affiliation and there is little difference in patterns between generations. Thousands of voters recently left the Democratic Party in western Colorado, some as part of a popular effort to defeat Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert in her next primary elections.
This shift is particularly evident in central Colorado, where over 113,000 people have changed their voter registration since January 2021. The number of registered Democrats and Republicans in central Colorado has seen a dramatic shift over the past few months. This is due to an influx of unaffiliated voters who have left their respective parties for various reasons. The most notable reason is the effort to unseat Congresswoman Boebert, who is seen as too conservative for many Coloradans. The data from The Sun shows that 65,868 Republicans and 47,838 Democrats have changed their voter registration from their respective parties to unaffiliated since January 2021. This shift is particularly evident among white voters with some college experience, where the Republican Party has maintained an advantage for 24 consecutive years. The Democratic Party still holds an advantage among college-educated voters and women, while the Republican Party holds an advantage among men and white voters with graduate experience. However, this shift could be indicative of a larger trend towards unaffiliated voting in central Colorado.
It remains to be seen how this shift will affect future elections in central Colorado. It is clear that there is a growing trend towards unaffiliated voting that could have major implications for both parties. It will be interesting to see how this trend continues over time and how it will shape future elections.