Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Colorado’s Close Races

Colorado politics took a dramatic turn to the center-right in the 2014 midterm election after a decade of liberal dominance. Republicans now can operate from a platform with a new Republican U.S. Senator, control of the State Senate and a sweep of state constitutional offices.

The final vote for Mark Udall and John Hickenlooper reflected a swing of about 106,000 votes, with Hickenlooper winning with a 63,061 vote edge and Udall losing by 43,392. Udall’s loss was the inverse of Michael Bennet’s two-point (28,859 votes) win in 2010.

The vote total in a host of swing counties told the story of the differences between Udall and Hickenlooper, along with some exceptional Republican vote totals in traditional Democratic counties of Adams and Pueblo.

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