Colorado Turns A Deeper Shade Of Blue

November 7, 2012 11:34 AM

Colorado Turns A Deeper Shade Of Blue
" DENVER (AP) — Colorado voters helped re-elect Barack Obama, legalized marijuana and appeared poised to give the Democrats control of both houses of the state legislature.

It was the latest sign that this once-reliably Republican state is inching toward the Democrats’ corner, helping the party win the fast-growing West and geographically box in the GOP.

Colorado has been transformed by an influx of educated, moderate coastal transplants and a growing Hispanic population. Democrats have been able to win over these groups better than Republicans.

“This is why we’ve been winning. Here we’ve been like surgeons since 2004, trying to really understand this electorate,” said Jill Hanauer, a veteran Democratic strategist who founded Project New America, which specializes in political demographic research. “The Democrats who run and win elections in Colorado are going where the voters are.”

Tuesday’s results were certainly not a sea change in the still fairly centrist state. Voters returned all seven congressmen, four of whom are Republican. And Republican Mitt Romney fared better than John McCain did in 2008.

Colorado is evenly split between Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters. It has long rewarded independent, centrist-oriented candidates and elected several prominent Democrats to governorships and the U.S. Senate "

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