Colorado Democrats and Republicans attended precinct caucuses on Super Tuesday in record numbers, and the healthy turnout was reflected throughout Jefferson County.
On the GOP side, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won a Jeffco presidential straw poll running away, according to unofficial results provided by the Jeffco GOP.
The non-binding straw poll conducted across 365 Jeffco precincts showed that Romney pulled in 4,999 votes, compared to 1,419 for Arizona Sen. John McCain. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee received 727 votes, with Texas Congressman Ron Paul pulling in 553, as of 10:30 p.m.
For the Democrats, With 204 of the county’s 324 precincts reporting, Barack Obama of Illinois stood as the most popular candidate, with a 64-percent consensus. Statewide numbers reflected the feelings of Jefferson County voters, with Obama leading New York Sen. Hillary Clinton 65 percent to 34 percent.
But democracy itself may have been the big winner, as turnout, in Jefferson County and statewide, exceeded all expectations.