Colorado’s unaffiliated voters flex their primary muscle to reject extremists
Colorado primaries have come and gone, and the November general election has officially begun. The state GOP avoided its nightmare scenario and Democrats have already pivoted from attempts to manipulate Republican voters into attacks on the victorious candidates.
Even as the two major parties begin battering each other, the role of unaffiliated voters still deserves more analysis. Specifically, unaffiliateds hold the key to curbing extremism in Colorado.
The rapid ascent of unaffiliated voters over the past decade has been well documented. They now account for 44.8% of the Colorado electorate. That compares to the paltry 28.2% represented by the Democratic Party and anemic 25.2% represented by the Republican Party (the remainder are split among minor parties like Libertarians, Greens, etc.).