DON’T LIVE THERE, DON’T CARE.
Fine. But Colorado wins elections. It’s the state that put President Obama over the 270 mark in the electoral college in 2012 – and in 2008. So, it matters.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
That CO voters are anti-establishment. They voted for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) in the state’s caucuses. And they’ve been giving the cold mountain shoulder to both Trump and Hillz. This fall, it looked like Trump might have the edge. Now, not so much. Clinton is up by more than 5%.
WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?
Gun Control…as in the mass shooting at an Aurora, CO movie theater in 2012 put this issue front and center. The State’s Dems responded with strong gun control laws. But backlash around the state – especially in rural areas where guns are popular – led to the recall of some state senators. Messages, mixed.
Immigration…as in CO has a large and growing Hispanic population – and many of them have family members who are undocumented immigrants. So they’re watching both candidates and their policies on this closely.
GIMME SOMETHING TO SAY.
Colorado has been a so-called ‘tipping point state’ in the last three elections. It’s one of a handful that can make or break an election.