Tag Archive for 2014 Midterm Elections

Mark Udall and Cory Gardner Duke It Out in Competitive Election Fight While Hickenlooper Also In Toss Up Race

Never Politics SmallAh, it is finally October. That means crisp apples, beautiful yellow Aspen trees….and cut throat politics and obscene amounts of outside of state Super-PAC money pouring in! Yes, the Midterm elections are a little over a month away and the politics here in Colorado are hot, hot, hot. Colorado is such a truly purple state, a state that is so evenly divided in terms of Democrats and Republican voters, that it absolutely could be Independents that decide the victors, like Third Way wrote about yesterday. Third Way notes how there is a large independent electorate in Colorado, with a surge of new independent voters in the state, comprising of an additional 300,000 voters as unaffiliated or independent! But a large amount of these voters are libertarians, ideologically Republican voters.

I want to influence the liberal Colorado voters who are independents to vote in this election for Mark Udall for Senator and John Hickenlooper for Governor. And in the 6th district to unseat Rep. Mike Coffman, and vote for Andrew Romanoff in the 6th Congressional District.

Both the Senate race in Colorado and the Governor Seat are considered toss ups at this time, with many pundits predicting that Cory Gardner will win Mark Udall’s senate seat, and that senate majority will go to the Republicans in the Senate. John Hickenlooper is also engaged in a tight race, with pundits labeling that race a tossup.

Gardner and Udall have been clamoring for the Women Voter bloc. And Gardner has a 13% deficit in the polls behind Udall with women. Gardner has a Women Problem. So of course he is pandering directly to women, telling us that he supports birth control, which I am pretty sure is laughable. It’s just odd when the tables are turned and women have the power and yet lies and pandering prevails.

Andrew Romanoff has run an excellent campaign against incumbent Mike Coffman. Indeed, in a recent debate, Romanoff went on the offense against Coffman, and showed he had an excellent grasp on the issues while Coffman drew gasps from the crowd when he denied that climate change, i.e. global warming, could be man made. But Romanoff has an uphill battle because incumbents usually win, even though Congress has abysmally low approval ratings, the people still tend to re-elect their past representative or senator. This disconnect in politics, this phenomena of re-electing incumbent politicians we are dissatisfied with, is especially baffling to me.

The midterms look especially depressing to me in terms of the likely outcomes. But I think Democrats could retain Senate Majority if people turn out. So I am encouraging all my friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family to vote.

The media continues to realize the importance of Colorado in elections. With some pundits now calling Colorado a more important bellwether than Ohio, given Colorado’s quintessentially purple status. I think Colorado is a very exciting state to live in for political nerds like me. I cannot wait for the election. I will be live blogging results on Election Day.

Andrew Romanoff Out Fundraising Incumbent Mike Coffman, Even While Eschewing Super PAC Money

Usually incumbents can easily out fundraise their opponents when it comes to election fights, but not so in the very competitive Colorado’s 6th district. In the first fundraising quarter of the year, Andrew Romanoff has raised more money than his opponent Mike Coffman. Romanoff raised $603,000 in the first quarter, which was $10,000 more than Mike Coffman. Romanoff also out-raised Coffman in the last quarter of last year. It will be interesting to see if this trend holds through the summer leading into the fall.

Romanoff now has $2.3 million in the bank to Coffman’s $1.96 million. But here is the interesting part, Romanoff is out fundraising Coffman, even while eschewing Super PAC money. Romanoff made a pledge to take no Super PAC money and even so has more money in the bank. I think this shows that Romanoff has a considerable amount of traction from voters disillusioned with the Do Nothing Congress. But can he edge his way to victory?

This will be one of the closest House races in November!

Governor Race Tightens Up with Most Support Among Independents Going to Bob Beauprez, Independents also favor Gardner over Udall

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Colorado voters went to the polls for the state-wide primary June 24th and selected Bob Beauprez for their GOP candidate for governor, besting Tom Tancredo and others. And a new Rasmussen Poll shows that independent voters favor Bob Beauprez over John Hickenlooper 45 to 37 percent! This is huge news and could be a key trend to watch for the governor’s race leading into November. New polls show the governors race has tightened significantly since the primary shored up Beauprez as the nominee. The polls now show that Hickenlooper and Beauprez are in a virtual tie, each drawing 44 percent.

In separate polling, the very closely watched race between Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner also shows similar results. Independents are favoring Gardner over Udall, 41 to 36 percent.

I can’t pretend that as a liberal independent I am not disturbed by this polling. I am deeply worried about it. While I can’t ignore the fact that a large portion of Independent voters in Colorado are on the libertarian side of the political spectrum, there is also a large liberal independent voting block, a segment of the population who are unaffiliated voters who have strong liberal political leanings. We need to make our voices heard in this election season. Independents will have a huge sway on this election and who gets voted into Congress. Lets talk to our friends and neighbors and coworkers and make our concerns known. Because Udall is far from having this thing locked in. I do have faith that Hickenlooper will put out a win, but his victory is far from assured as well. Both Udall and Hickenlooper need to think: turn out, turn out, turn out!