People: “They are longtime friends who have been bridesmaids in each other’s weddings, worked for and with each other for years, and supported one another with daily text chains and phone calls. And on Nov. 6, these five Democratic women candidates each won their state Senate races by double digits in Colorado, with their wins flipping the Senate from red to blue for the first time since 2013.”
A new Magellan Strategies (R) poll finds that Colorado’s unaffiliated voters “turned out for last week’s election in record numbers and turned their backs on Republicans by wide margins.”
Pollster David Flaherty said the poll’s findings “can only be described as extraordinary… because in the past 20 years, never has one political party been so overwhelmingly rejected at every level of representative government by the electorate.”
Denver Post: “Democrats have secured a candidate on the ballot in every 2018 Colorado congressional, statehouse and major statewide race.”
Colorado state Rep. Steve Lebsock “was expelled from the House in a 52 – 9 vote Friday, following allegations of sexual misconduct by five women,” KDVR reports.
“The effort, led by Democrats, was successful in barring Lebsock from his position.”
“At the last minute, Lebsock changed his party affiliation to Republican… Colorado law says a vacancy will be filled by a person in the same political party. That means Lebsock’s party change gives his seat to Republicans, despite the fact he was a Democrat until Friday.”
“Nearly 3,400 Coloradans canceled their voter registrations in the wake of the Trump administration’s request for voter info, the Secretary of State’s Office confirmed Thursday, providing the first statewide glimpse at the extent of the withdrawals,” the Denver Post reports.
“The 3,394 cancellations represent a vanishingly small percentage of the electorate — 0.09 percent of the state’s 3.7 million registered voters. But the figure is striking nonetheless, with some county election officials reporting that they’ve never seen anything quite like it in their careers.”
Hillary Clinton hasn’t run a TV ad in Colorado since July, but her campaign said it planned buy to new commercials in that state for the final week of the campaign, the Denver Post reports.
Asked about the timing, her Colorado staff said the new ads were not in response to the latest controversy over Clinton’s e-mails. Rather, they said the intent is to help down ballot candidates.
A new Univision poll of Latino voters in Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Nevada shows Hillary Clinton trouncing Donald Trump among this critical voting bloc.
In Florida, Trump trails Clinton by 24 percentage points — the closest margin out of the four states. Clinton leads Trump 68% to 18% in Arizona, 65% to 19% in Nevada and 62% to 17% in Colorado.
Florida, Colorado and Nevada are three battleground states where Latinos are likely to make up more than 10% of the electorate this year.
Politico: “With a clear lead in the polls, demographic advantages, and a rival who is out of sync with local GOP leaders, Hillary Clinton is beginning to put some distance between her campaign and Donald Trump, raising the prospect that Colorado, a pivotal swing state, is too far gone for Trump to catch up.”
“No one close to the Clinton team is ready to say the state’s nine electoral votes are in their column. But with just over three months until Election Day, Clinton and her allies are showing outward signs of self-assurance here by all-but cutting Colorado out their recent ad buys.”
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball: “We are moving Colorado from Leans Democratic to Likely Democratic.”
First Read: “Given all of the news here in Philadelphia, perhaps Monday’s biggest news was about Colorado — in the Clinton campaign’s decision to pull down its TV ads there, because it feels confident enough about its standing versus Trump in that battleground state. The campaign, however, will continue to advertise in eight other states – Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.”
A new Monmouth University poll in Colorado shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 13 points, 48% to 35%.
Said pollster Patrick Murray: “Clinton does better among practically every demographic in Colorado than she does nationally. It is way too early to call, but if this dynamic holds, she could end up with the largest electoral margin for a Democrat here since 1964.”
A new Fox News poll shows Clinton leading by 10 points, 44% to 34%.
The Colorado Republican party chairman said he’s “received more than 2,000 calls from people complaining that the process was a sham,” after Ted Cruz swept Donald Trump in the delegate race, the New York Times reports.
“His telephone number was mysteriously disseminated across the Internet.”
“Colorado crowned Ted Cruz as the runaway winner in the state’s Republican presidential contest Saturday — and moved the GOP closer to a contested national convention,” the Denver Post reports.
“The Texas senator won all 34 delegates awarded in Colorado in what amounts to a stunning rebuke of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.”
Sen. Ted Cruz “captured a majority of Colorado’s delegates to the Republican National Convention on Friday, outmaneuvering Donald J. Trump, whose lack of an organized national campaign once again allowed Mr. Cruz to gain at his expense,” the New York Times reports.
“As the fight for the Republican campaign moves into a period in which a handful of delegates could decide the nomination, Mr. Trump’s losses here were a troubling sign.”
“For the first time in 40 years, a presidential candidate will appear at Colorado’s Republican Assembly, a sign of how arcane and obscure rules governing delegates in some states may lead the party to a contested national convention in July,” Bloomberg reports.
“Texas Senator Ted Cruz, fresh from a triumph in Wisconsin, will appeal to the faithful Saturday in Colorado Springs as he seeks to load the state’s complement of 37 delegates with his supporters. He’s already won six and has an extensive grassroots operation orchestrated by Colorado’s Tea Party network. It’s a center of strength for a candidate who has married fervent conservatism, legal acumen and a bent for organization.”
“Ted Cruz is emerging as the Republican favorite to win Colorado after he captured the state’s first six national delegates and leads his rivals into this week’s party convention with the most pledged support,” the Denver Post reports.
“Donald Trump is a distant second, according to early results, and his supporters are outnumbered among the GOP activists vying for national delegate seats at the Cleveland convention. John Kasich, meanwhile, is scrambling to make a mark.”
“The Republican presidential field, which for much of the year has been full-throated in its denunciations of Planned Parenthood, has been nearly silent about the shooting in Colorado at one of its facilities that left a police officer and two others dead,” the Washington Post reports.
“In contrast, all three of the leading Democratic contenders quickly issued statements in support of Planned Parenthood.”
Yahoo News: “The shooting at Planned Parenthood put GOP 2016 hopefuls in a ‘politically uncomfortable’ position.”
“Colorado will not vote for a Republican candidate for president at its 2016 caucus after party leaders approved a little-noticed shift that may diminish the state’s clout in the most open nomination contest in the modern era,” the Denver Post reports.
“The GOP executive committee has voted to cancel the traditional presidential preference poll after the national party changed its rules to require a state’s delegates to support the candidate that wins the caucus vote. The move makes Colorado the only state so far to forfeit a role in the early nomination process, according to political experts, but other caucus states are still considering how to adapt to the new rule.”
Washington Post: “All across America, at any given time, local party politicians — Democrats and Republicans alike — are feuding among themselves about something. It may be serious matters of policy difference, or it may be petty matters of the internal power structure, but what these disputes generally have in common is that they are deeply and profoundly uninteresting to anyone not inclined to hang out in those smoke-filled back rooms.”
“Until you throw sex into the mix.”
“In Colorado, that’s what has elevated a seemingly mundane power struggle into a statewide soap opera — friendship turning to rivalry, accusations of blackmail and retribution, a private detective’s secret recordings of the alleged mistress — that has left the party in disarray, a situation that could have national implications as one of the most unpredictable swing states prepares for the 2016 presidential race.”