Colorado and the race for the White House

June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012                                    Ken Bickers

Colorado has nine Electoral College votes. Compared to California’s 55 that doesn’t sound like a lot, does it? But according to Ken Bickers, a political science professor at CU-Boulder, those votes are highly valued by both President Obama and Mitt Romney. That’s because, as Al Gore found out in 2000, in a close presidential race nine votes can make all the difference.

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Colorado and the race for the White House

June 22, 2012                                    Ken Bickers

Colorado has nine Electoral College votes. Compared to California’s 55 that doesn’t sound like a lot, does it? But according to Ken Bickers, a political science professor at CU-Boulder, those votes are highly valued by both President Obama and Mitt Romney. That’s because, as Al Gore found out in 2000, in a close presidential race nine votes can make all the difference.

CUT 1  “If it’s really that close you win or you lose as a function of those nine. Neither campaign wants to have a strategy that leaves them like Bush and Gore were left in 2000 where it came down to counting a handful of votes cast in weird ways in the state of Florida. (:20) In 2000, had Gore won his home state of Tennessee, which has essentially the same number of Electoral College votes as the state of Colorado, Florida would have been irrelevant.  He would have been President of the United States.”(:33)

Another reason Colorado will get a lot of attention from Romney and President Obama, says Bickers, is that there are so many independent voters here that the state is neither red nor blue but purple.

CUT 2  “Colorado is so close and it’s close on every metric - its voting patterns of the last several years, the closeness of the state legislature in terms of the house and the senate. (:13) The state just looks just completely divided between red and blue. There is no state more purple than we are.  And that means that by putting resources here, either campaign hopes that it can pull the state in that direction.“ (:29)

Bickers says Colorado voters can expect to see plenty of campaign visits by the candidates, their families and vice presidential candidates the next several months as the race to the White House heats up.

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