Why didn’t Colorado Republicans gain more seats in the state’s House and Senate? Dems played defense
Why didn't Colorado Republicans gain more seats in the state Senate and House? While the GOP gained some 680 state legislative seats nationally, the Colorado GOP picked up only one seat in the Senate and six in the House where it just barely gained control. Democrats still are hoping that final vote counts in a couple of very close races will allow them to retake the House.
The answer appears to be that the left's "Colorado Model" played a great defensive game. The Model is the Left's well financed machine that funds attacks on Republicans and pays for organizing get-out-the-vote efforts that often win close contests. Because Dan Maes insisted on staying in the gubernatorial race, Republicans were not able to raise enough money that would have paid for strong get-out-the-vote efforts for the Republicans' candidate. Those efforts would have helped GOP legislative candidates. How tea party primary voters crippled the Colorado GOP by nominating Maes this year will be discussed and debated for a long time.
Meanwhile, as David Harsanyi writes, Colorado is a blue state.
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