TJ Wrote: You guys certainly see the glass as half full. I just see the losses. I hope there's a benefit down the road but what I currently see is that Republicans raise funds better, vote more faithfully, and spread their message quite well. Even though they are evil people (and very narrow minded) their candidates know how to keep a job.
Mike Eproht Wrote: Why can't we move President's Day to the first Tuesday in November!
Schmidt Wrote: Jared --I agree that mail-in ballots help, but in Colorado it only improved voter turnout from 51.7% in 2010 to 52.4% in 2014. Part of the problem may have been that many voters were ignorant of the new system and didn't mail-in ballots until it was too late. Or they couldn't find a drop-off box or a Voter Polling and Service Station...or they were too cheap to pay for a 70 cent stamp. We are getting better but it will take time.
Schmidt Wrote:However, that compares with 67.6% in 2012. That drop-off between the presidential and midterm election is largely due to young people not voting, especially single young women, but also Latinos. Democrats cannot blame it on voter suppression or money. Yes there were huge amounts of money spent by both sides, but in my view it reaches a saturation point and people tune out. There were no obstacles to prevent young people or Latinos from voting in Colorado...they just just weren't interested as much as they were when Obama was on the ballot. I think this applies to other states as well.
Schmidt Wrote:Mark Udall lost to Cory Garder I believe because of the type of campaign he ran. Not very appealing TV ads. On the other hand, in the Governor's race, Democratic Governor Hickenlooper won garnering 913,000 votes (48%) for a small win over radical Beauprez, while Udall attracted 855,000 votes in his loss to Tea Party favorite Gardner. Udall should have won on the issues, but the important issues were largely absent from his TV ads.
Mark Udall's campaign ran away from the Obama agenda even running ads stating where he opposed Obama. That was a mistake in my opinion.