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Associated Press Modified: November 7, 2012 at 1:00 am •  Published: November 7, 2012
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About half of voters said George W. Bush is more to blame than Obama for current economic problems, while about 4 in 10 said Obama is more to blame, according to the exit poll. About 4 in 10 think the U.S. economy is getting better.

Both Republicans and Democrats considered Colorado to be in play this year. Obama, Romney, their running mates and campaign surrogates visited frequently in the days before the election. Yet about three-fourths of Colorado voters said they decided their presidential candidates before September.

More than half of voters said at least part of the 2010 federal health care law should be repealed, but not everyone who thought so voted for Romney, according to the exit poll. Obama had touted the law as one of his top actions, while Romney vowed to repeal it.

Two-thirds of voters think illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be offered a chance to apply for legal status, while a quarter think they should be deported.

Just months after the mass shooting at a movie theater in a Denver suburb, 6 in 10 voters said the state's gun control laws are about right. Roughly one-quarter call them too weak.

The survey of Colorado voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. A total of 1,070 voters who voted early or absentee were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

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Associated Press writer Thomas Peipert contributed to this report.

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Catherine Tsai is on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ctsai_denver