Earlier this week, Denver–based political analyst Floyd Ciruli provided even more insight on the 2012 elections, specifically focusing on the critical role Colorado will play.
He says that both parties see the state as a “critical swing state” and that “we can expect to see 2010 midterm expenditure levels and negative advertising on steroids.” I’m sure we’re all looking forward to that, ugh.
A Dem guv and both Democratic Senators (Bennet and Udall) will help the party, but the Republicans swept all lower offices in the midterm and they benefit from Obama’s low approval rating. Plus, history is on their side: Ciruli says that Republicans “have a longer track record of taking Colorado in presidential races, even with weak candidates, like Bob Dole.”
With one of the most closely balanced electorates in the nation, our state is a microcosm for the national election. When it’s all said and done, they might end up changing the saying to “As Colorado goes, so goes the nation.”