New Blood Turns Colorado To Political Battleground

October 2, 2012 3:37 PM

New Blood Turns Colorado To Political Battleground
" DENVER (AP) – Not too long ago Colorado was political flyover country, known for skiing and football – and being a reliable vote for the Republican presidential candidate.

In the past three elections, it’s become a focus of national politics. This year, Colorado is a hotly contested battleground in the race between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, and it hosts the first debate between them Wednesday night in Denver, a city that is the third-busiest political ad market in the country.

In 2010, the U.S. Senate campaign in Colorado was the most expensive of that cycle. And in 2008, Obama put the state firmly on the political map by accepting his party’s presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention here.

So what has changed over the years? People like Kelly Kuehl moved here.

Kuehl relocated to Denver for a job as a speech therapist after getting her master’s degree in speech language pathology in Minnesota in 2005. She also came here to enjoy the mountains, skiing and outdoor activities that have lured an increasing number of college graduates over the past few decades. Once a supporter of President George W "

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