DENVER (CBS4) – For the first time this campaign season, Republicans have outpaced Democrats in returning their ballots in Colorado.

For weeks, Democrats have led in early voting numbers, but the margin had thinned in recent days, and Monday’s numbers show more Republicans have turned in their ballots, with 652,380 voting to 645,020 Democrats.

Independents lag at 527,706 ballots returned.

The Democratic edge had been by as many as 31,000 votes (on Oct. 31).

Altogether, 1,852,029 Colorado voters have mailed or dropped off their ballots.

The state’s two largest cities show quite a contrast. In Denver, more than three times as many Democrats as Republicans have voted, while in El Paso County, home to Colorado Springs, twice as many Republicans have turned in their ballots already.

You can still vote in person at voting centers across the state on Monday and Tuesday, or turn in your ballot by 7 p.m. Tuesday night. It is too late to mail in your ballot.

LINK: justvotecolorado.org

Find the latest Colorado Secretary of State voting numbers here.

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