Early Voting in Colorado, Nevada Favors Pro-Life Republicans

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 23, 2010   |   5:59PM   |   Washington, DC

The early voting in Colorado and Nevada appears to favor the pro-life republican candidates the pro-life movement is supporting.

Both have clear races pitting pro-abortion and pro-life candidates against each other: pro-life Ken Buck against pro-abortion Michael Bennett in Colorado and pro-life Sharron Angle versus pro-abortion Harry Reid in Nevada.

As a result, an influx of Republican voters and independents, who are trending towards Republicans this election cycle, portends a potentially strong election night for the pro-life community. And that is exactly what the numbers in both states currently show.

More Republicans than Democrats have cast ballots in early voting in Colorado since early voting began on Monday.

According to The Hill, the Colorado secretary of state’s office indicated 81,545 Republicans have cast early ballots compared with just 71,325 Democrats. Some 41,000 unaffiliated voters have also cast ballots and, if they voted the way polls show, Buck will likely defeat Bennet on November 2.

The figures show Republican voters outnumbering Democrats in all but two counties — Denver and liberal Boulder, Colorado.

In Nevada, information compiled by George Mason University’s Michael McDonald shows Democrats underperforming in key parts of the state when it comes to turnout.

In Clarke County, the location of Las Vegas, McDonald’s numbers show 46 percent of early ballots are Democrats compared with 38 percent from Republicans. That’s lower than the 52-30 percentage point split in the 2008 election and is bad news for Reid since he is relying on Las Vegas to make up for the more strongly Republican vote elsewhere in the state.

The numbers also found Republicans, who make up a third of the county’s registered voters, are turning out in numbers that exceed their share of the electorate this time.

In Reno’s Washoe County, early voter turnout favors Republicans 47 percent to 39 percent.

However, McDonald’s numbers show that North Carolina is seeing different results, with Democrats in early voting leading Republicans 44 to 38 percent with another 17 percent of voters unaffiliated.

However, the breakdown of the unaffiliated voters is expected to side with pro-life Sen. Richard Burr in his contest against pro-abortion Democrat Elaine Marshall, who narrowly trails in polls.

His numbers also show Iowa and Maryland having more Democrats turning out in early voting than Republicans while they are running about even in Maine. But Republicans lead in Florida, the site of another couple of tough races for Senate and governor, and early voting numbers are about even in Ohio.

In Florida, numbers favored Republicans over Democrats 48 percent to 36 percent in terms of those requesting a mail-in ballot.

“If people thought the Democrats were just going to roll over and play dead in this election, that’s not what we’re seeing,” he told Fox News. “They’ve got to be feeling a little bit better with the numbers that they’re seeing.”

McDonald says more than 30 percent of the votes cast in the election, overall nationwide, will be early ballot votes. The 2008 election hit the 30 percent mark.

“This is a phenomenon that’s here to stay and it’s going to continue to increase in popularity, even in the midterms,” he told Fox News.

Gentry Collins, political director at the Republican National Committee, told Fox News that 51 of 71 top House races see Republican early voting ahead of Democrats. He added that Republican requests for absentee ballots has led those of Democrats for the first time in several elections.