Democrats are smiling. Not only was Dick Wadhams a master campaign tactician, but he realized that in a high turnout presidential race, Colorado Republicans must reach out and attract sufficient weak partisans and unaffiliated voters to get to a majority. It can’t just be done with Republican loyalists and conservatives.
Ted Harvey and his legislative colleagues are the party’s leadership as it approaches the 2012 presidential race. And, they know how to add state senate and house seats. They must convert swing districts to the Republican column. Those same tactical and strategic approaches will be needed to defeat Obama statewide. Is the Democratic elation premature? – probably, but Republicans beware. Colorado is both a top battleground state, and the Democrats model on how to win the close race.