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The Reddening: A Black Day for Democrats in 'Purplish' Colorado?

By    |   Monday, 03 Nov 2014 04:23 PM

In formerly Democrat-safe Colorado, a new trend is emerging which could see the "purplish" state swinging toward the red end of the spectrum in the midterms and the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

The Wall Street Journal notes that while Democrats have held sway in Colorado legislative and governor races for eight of the last 10 years, this year Republican challenger Cory Gardner appears to be outpacing Democrat Sen. Mark Udall in the polls, and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has a real fight on his hands against Republican challenger Bob Beauprez.

Many contentious causes are cited for the turnaround: struggles over casino gambling, "personhood" as it relates to abortions and birth control, and genetically modified foods — all on the ballot as issues. A general dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and Obamacare have also contributed.

Democrat-driven legislative actions, such as approval of recreational marijuana, tuition discounts for illegal alien students, driver's licenses for illegal aliens, same-sex civil unions, and gun-control background checks and limits on firearm magazine sizes have energized the Republican voter base.

A Fox News poll found that Republicans are just more "psyched" than Democrats over the mid-term elections, with 48 percent of Republicans "extremely interested" versus just 31 percent of Democrats.

The Fox poll in early October showed Gardner up over Udall by 6 points, 37 percent to 43 percent, while RealClearPolitics' poll average, completed Sunday, shows Gardner leading Udall by 2.5 percent.

RealClearPolitics has Hickenlooper and Beauprez locked in a near-tie, with Hickenlooper up by just 0.5 percent, leaving the race "too close to call."

Pollster Floyd Ciruli told the Journal, "There is sort of a political exhaustion here, and it is hurting Democrats. There is this yearning for the middle, but Democratic candidates have wound up not in the middle."

Republicans still are loathe to begin celebrating Colorado's GOP trend, with Rich Beeson, a Republican strategist, telling the Journal, "At best, it's a purple state. No one is going to say our problem with Hispanics is solved if Cory Gardner wins. The turnout in the midterm isn't going to be anywhere near what the presidential turnout is going to be."

Fox News noted that a majority in its poll, 52 percent, said that Obamacare "went too far," and of those voters, 75 percent supported Gardner.

The Denver Post reported: "With President Barack Obama's approval ratings tanking in the midterm election, Colorado Republicans believe they have a chance of doing what hasn't been done since the 2002 election: win the governor's mansion, U.S. Senate seat, and a majority in the state Senate."

Republican volunteer Cynthi Wagner of Fort Collins told the Denver Post, "We are powerful. We have a voice. The liberals have always been the loudest voice, but now we are. We have a good groundgame. We're a well-oiled machine."

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In formerly Democrat-safe Colorado, a new trend is emerging which could see the "purplish" state swinging toward the red end of the spectrum in the midterms and the upcoming 2016 presidential election.
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