2008 Colorado Republican caucuses
The 2008 Colorado Republican caucuses took place on February 5, 2008, with two national delegates. Colorado chose 21 other delegates during district conventions from May 24 to June 7, 2008. Colorado Democratic caucuses, 2008 Republican Party presidential primaries, 2008
1972 United States presidential election in Colorado
The 1972 United States presidential election in Colorado refers to how Colorado participated in the 1972 United States presidential election. Colorado voted for the Republican incumbent, Richard Nixon, over the Democratic challenger, South Dakota Senator George McGovern. Nixon took 62.61% of the vote to McGovern's 34.59%, a margin of 28.01%
1964 United States presidential election in Colorado
The 1964 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 3, 1964, as part of the 1964 United States presidential election. Colorado voters chose six representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. Colorado was won by incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson, with 61.27% of the popular vote, against Senator Barry Goldwater, with 38.19% of the popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which El Paso County, Douglas County, Weld County, Park County, Crowley County, Rio Grande County, Fremont County, Archuleta County, Morgan County, Montrose County, Montezuma County, Teller County, Delta County, Moffat County, Logan County, Rio Blanco County, Kit Carson County, Custer County, Yuma County, Baca County, Jackson County, Lincoln County, Kiowa County voted for the Democratic candidate
1984 United States presidential election in Colorado
The 1984 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 6, 1984. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1984 United States presidential election. Colorado voters chose 8 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States. Colorado was won by incumbent United States President Ronald Reagan of California, running against former Vice President Walter Mondale of Minnesota. Reagan ran for a second time with incumbent Vice President and former C. I. A. Director George H. W. Bush of Texas, Mondale ran with Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York, the first major female candidate for the vice presidency; the presidential election of 1984 was a partisan election for Colorado, with over 98% of the electorate voting for either the Democratic or Republican parties, though several parties appeared on the ballot. As was typical for the time, the large majority of counties in Colorado voted for the Republican candidate.
Since the election, the trend of Colorado becoming a swing state became apparent in the elections of the 1990s and 2000s. Reagan did best in Rio Blanco County, Mondale did the best in Costilla County, along the Southern Rockies; as of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Adams County, Boulder County, Gilpin County, Lake County, Pitkin County, Saguache County, San Miguel County voted for the Republican candidate. Reagan won the election in Colorado with a resounding 28 point sweep-out landslide; these decisive results in Colorado, transitioning toward swing state by this time, are reflective of a nationwide reconsolidation of base for the Republican Party which took place through the 1980s. This was most evident during the 1984 presidential election. No Republican candidate has received as strong of support in the American West at large, as Reagan did, it is speculated that Mondale lost support with voters nearly during the campaign, namely during his acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention.
There he stated. To quote Mondale, "By the end of my first term, I will reduce the Reagan budget deficit by two thirds. Let's tell the truth, it must be done, it must be done. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, so will I, he won't tell you. I just did." Despite this claimed attempt at establishing truthfulness with the electorate, this claim to raise taxes badly eroded his chances in what had begun as an uphill battle against the charismatic Ronald Reagan. Reagan enjoyed high levels of bipartisan support during the 1984 presidential election, both in Colorado, across the nation at large. Many registered Democrats who voted for Reagan stated that they had chosen to do so because they associated him with the economic recovery, because of his strong stance on national security issues with Russia, because they considered the Democrats as "supporting American poor and minorities at the expense of the middle class." These public opinion factors contributed to Reagan’s 1984 landslide victory, in Colorado and elsewhere.
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2016 United States presidential election in Colorado
The 2016 United States presidential election in Colorado was held on November 8, 2016, as part of the 2016 general election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Colorado voters chose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting the Republican Party's nominee, businessman Donald Trump, running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence against Democratic Party nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. On March 1, 2016, in the presidential primaries, Colorado voters expressed their preferences for the Democratic, Green, Constitution and Prohibition parties' respective nominees for president; the Republican Party did not hold a preference poll because the party decided to cancel it in August 2015. Registered members of each party only voted in their party's primary, while unaffiliated voters were unable to participate. Hillary Clinton won the election in Colorado with a plurality of 48.2% of the vote, carrying the state's nine electoral votes.
Donald Trump received 43.3% of the vote, a Democratic margin of victory of 4.9%. This was the third time since achieving statehood that the Republican candidate won the election without carrying Colorado, the second time since statehood that Colorado has voted Democratic in three consecutive presidential elections. No Republican had won the White House without carrying the state since 1908. Trump won five counties that had voted for President Obama in 2012; the latter two counties had not supported a Republican for president since Richard Nixon's 49-state landslide in 1972. Caucus date March 1, 2016 Detailed estimates per congressional districtResults of the county assemblies Timeframe for the county assemblies: March 2–26, 2016 Results of the congressional district conventionsResults of the state conventionState convention date: April 16, 2016 From April 2–8, 2016, conventions were held in each of Colorado's seven congressional districts. Cruz swept all seven. On April 9, 2016, the state convention was held to elect the 13 statewide delegates and the 3 RNC delegates.
Again, Cruz won all 13 statewide at-large delegates. Cruz was the only candidate to address the state convention. A proposal to forbid Colorado Republican delegates from voting for Donald Trump was written in March 2016 by Robert Zubrin; the group "Colorado Republicans for Liberty" handed out fliers of Zubrin's resolution at the state's convention. Irregularities on the ballot were discovered at the state's convention. Delegate #379 was replaced on the ballot with a duplicate of delegate #378; the Colorado Republican Party's Twitter account posted the message "We did it #NeverTrump" after Cruz received all the bound delegates at the April convention. The party claims somebody hacked its Twitter account, the party claims to be investigating how the message was posted. In May 2015, the Colorado Senate defeated a bill to hold a 2016 presidential primary. State senators Kevin Grantham, Kent Lambert, Laura J. Woods, Jerry Sonnenberg voted to stop the bill. Sonnenberg, Woods and Lambert are members of the Ted Cruz "Colorado Leadership Team" for Ted Cruz.
Congressman Ken Buck and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams are members of the Ted Cruz "Colorado Leadership Team". The conventions were selected through statewide caucuses, which were conducted at the precinct level on March 1. No voter preference poll was held due to a decision in August by the state party to cancel it. Three candidates contested the Republican presidential conventions: Ted Cruz John Kasich Donald TrumpMarco Rubio and Ben Carson had dropped out of the race by the time the conventions were held, though they were still running during the March 1 caucuses. On April 3, the Green Party of Colorado held a presidential nominating convention in Centennial, for registered Green voters. On April 4, the Green Party of Colorado announced that Jill Stein had won the convention and received all 5 delegates. Colorado has been one of the most Republican states in the nation, having been one of the few states to vote against Franklin D. Roosevelt during the New Deal during the 1940 and the 1944 presidential elections.
No Republican had won a presidential election without winning Colorado from 1908 through 2012. From 1920 to 2004, Colorado only voted Democratic three times–1992 and 1964, 1936. However, increasing urbanization in the Front Range Urban Corridor, along with the growth of minority populations have chipped away from Republican dominance in the state: while President George W. Bush won the state in the 2004 election, it was one of the few states where Republican performance fell, leading to Barack Obama to carry the state twice in 2008 and 2012. Trump improved upon previous Republican candidates in Southern Colorado, once the state's Democratic stronghold: however, the Democratic dominance of this blue collar, working class industrial area is starting to fade. Trump carried three of the area's counties, a feat not accomplished by any Republican since George H. W. Bush in his 1988 landslide: he carried Pueblo County by a 0.49% margin, making it the closest county in the state. Trump did well in the Western Slope, where counties like Mesa County went for Trump on a 2–1 margin.
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2008 United States presidential election in Colorado
The 2008 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 4, 2008, as a part of the 2008 United States presidential election throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Voters chose 9 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. Colorado was won by Democratic nominee Barack Obama by a margin of victory of 8.95%. Obama took 53.66% of the vote to McCain's 44.71%. The state was targeted by both campaigns, prior to the election, all 17 news organizations considered this a state Obama would win, or otherwise considered as a blue state. While George W. Bush narrowly carried the state in 2004, the Centennial State flipped allegiance to Obama; this was the first time since 1992 in which the state was won by a Democrat in a presidential election. Key to Obama's victory was Democratic dominance in the Denver area, sweeping not just the city but the populated suburban counties around Denver Adams and Jefferson counties, as well as winning Larimer County, home to Fort Collins.
Obama took over 70% of the vote in Boulder County, home to Boulder. McCain's most populated county wins were in El Paso County, where Colorado Springs is located, Weld County, home to Greeley. Colorado Democratic caucuses, 2008 Colorado Republican caucuses, 2008 There were 16 news organizations who made state-by-state predictions of the election. Here are their last predictions before election day: D. C. Political Report: Democrat Cook Political Report: Leaning Democrat Takeaway: Leaning Obama Electoral-vote.com: Leaning Democrat Washington Post: Leaning Obama Politico: Leaning Obama Real Clear Politics: Leaning Obama FiveThirtyEight.com: Solid Obama CQ Politics: Leaning Democrat New York Times: Leaning Democrat CNN: Leaning Democrat NPR: Leaning Obama MSNBC: Leaning Obama Fox News: Democrat Associated Press: Democrat Rasmussen Reports: Leaning Democrat Pre-election polling taken in Colorado prior to the election showed Obama with a slight lead. He led every poll after October 5. John McCain raised a total of $3,491,086.
Barack Obama raised $11 million. Obama and his interest groups spent $10,410,669. McCain and his interest groups spent $9,818,077. McCain/Palin visited the state 13 times. Obama/Biden visited the state 8 times. Changing demographics and a growing Hispanic population made the state more favorable to the Democrats, although Republicans still had a hold on the state due to the party's conservative stances on social issues like abortion, gay rights, gun control. Colorado had traditionally voted Republican, turning red in every presidential election since 1952, with the exception of 1964 and 1992. Colorado supported George W. Bush in both 2000 and again in 2004, although by a margin of less than 5%. In addition, Republicans had held control of the state legislature and most statewide offices since the 1960s. On the other hand, the Governor's Mansion had been held by Democrats for 22 out of the previous 30 years. Traditionally, Democratic strength in Denver and Pueblo was no match for Republican dominance in the Denver suburbs, the rural areas, Colorado Springs.
However, there had been a growing population of Hispanic Americans, young professionals, an influx of people from other states - all of whom tend to vote Democratic. These demographic changes caused the state's political ideology to shift. While Republicans still enjoyed an advantage in voter registration statewide, Democrats had been closing the gap. There had been an increasing number of unaffiliated, independent-minded voters. Since 2004, Democrats had won the governorship, both Senate seats, three House seats, control of both chambers in the state legislature. While Colorado had not been extensively contested in the 2004 election, Bush's narrow margin in that election and the demographic changes of the last four years led it to become a crucial swing state for 2008. Both Barack Obama and John McCain campaigned extensively in the state. Several factors in the campaign favored the Democrat. Barack Obama did well in the caucus, defeating opponent Hillary Clinton with 67% of the vote. On the other hand, John McCain badly lost the state to opponent Mitt Romney, who gained 60% of the vote.
Moreover, the 2008 Democratic National Convention was held in Denver. The publicity generated from the event provided a strong boost to Obama. According to Real Clear Politics polling averages, Obama and McCain were neck-to-neck through the summer and early September. However, as the 2008 financial crisis hit, Obama's numbers in Colorado jumped to over 50%. During the campaign, several media organizations reported on voting machine problems. There was reporting on the controversial practice of "purging" voter registration lists. On election day, Obama won by a comfortable margin than his national average. Obama improved on John Kerry's performance throughout the state, he won landslides in the Democratic strongholds of Boulder. Democrats do well in two other regions of the state. Along the Front Range, a number of rich counties dominated by ski resorts lean Democratic. By and large, Obama won these areas. McCain did best in the rural, conservative areas next to Kansas and Utah, where he won landslide margins.
Voters in more populated El Paso County, home to conservative Colorado Springs, gave McCain a 19% margin, though far less than Bush's 35% margin in 2004. In Denver's suburbs, McCain won Weld County, both by comfortable margins. However, Denver's suburbs swung to the Democrats. Bush narrowly won Jefferson County, Arapahoe County, and