Women's votes counted big time in the mid-term elections.
After a burst of applause and cheers on election night at the Gold Room, State Senator-elect Pete Lee, a Democrat, made a point to say, "Thank you women, thank you women."
And here's why.
More women went to the polls on Nov. 6 in Colorado than men. According to the latest numbers from the Secretary of State's Office, 1,296,893 women cast ballots, compared to 1,190,623 men. About 750,000 of those women were ages 26 to 60. (Another 30,764 voters were labeled "unknown" gender.)
In El Paso County, 145,728 women voted, compared to 132,195 men. (And 3,618 voters were labeled "unknown" gender.)
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The Secretary of State's tally also shows that 822,419 Democrats cast ballots, compared to 804,991 Republicans. Unaffiliated voters cast 852,443 votes, more than either party.
That's vastly different than in the 2014 midterm election in Colorado when, according to the Atlas Project's 2014 post-election analysis, "male voters outnumbered women by a six- to eight-point margin. This shift spelled trouble for Democrats, who have historically made up for subpar performances among men by winning female voters."