Colorado Primary Facts and Figures

Compiled by the U.S. News & World Report library staff.

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Compiled by the U.S. News & World Report library staff

Presidential Primary Winners

Democrats

  • 1988 Michael Dukakis (caucus)
  • 1992 Jerry Brown
  • 1996 Bill Clinton
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 John Kerry (caucus, nonbinding preference poll)

Republicans

  • 1988 George Bush (caucus)
  • 1992 George H. W. Bush
  • 1996 Bob Dole
  • 2000 George W. Bush
  • 2004 none

2008 Voter Registration Data

2,903,376 registered voters as of 1/25/08

Gender

  • Female registered: 1,507,950
  • Male registered: 1,393,872

Party Affiliation

  • Republican: 1,011,152
  • Democrat: 880,761
  • Unaffiliated: 998,939

General Election Winners

  • 1988 George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Bob Dole
  • 2000 George W. Bush
  • 2004 George W. Bush

Exit Poll Demographics

2004 Presidential Election

Gender

  • Male:  44%
  • Female:  56%

Race

  • White:  86%
  • African-American:  4%
  • Latino:  8%
  • Asian:  1%
  • Other:  2%

Age

  • 18-29:  15%
  • 30-44:  31%
  • 45-59:  29%
  • 60+:  24%
  • 18-64:  84%
  • 65+:  16%

White Evangelical/Born Again?

  • Yes:  26%
  • No:  74%

3 Things You Didn't Know About Colorado Primaries

1. The 2008 caucuses in Colorado will be the earliest in state history. It will be the first time in recent memory party members can participate in the presidential selection process before the nominees have already been decided.

2. Colorado had a primary system in 1992, 1996, and 2000. In 2003 Gov. Bill Owens signed a law eliminating the primary to save money. Caucuses are run by the parties and do not cost the state any money, while primaries can be very expensive for state budgets. Primaries are still held for state-level and congressional offices.

3. Jerry Brown won a surprise victory in the 1992 Colorado Democratic primary in a tight three-way finish. His anti-establishment message resonated with the state's independent-minded voters.

Sources:
CNN.com Colorado Election Data
Colorado Secretary of State Elections Center
CNN.com Colorado Exit Polls
The Coloradoan
GWU Colorado Election Data