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Republicans seem to be ahead in Colorado, but will they win?

Written By | Oct 26, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., October 26, 2014 — As the midpoint of Colorado’s election season passes, Republicans seem poised to make gains against the Democratic machine, but the result is clouded by the probability of election fraud. An article last week in the Wall Street Journal and a video released by Project Veritas highlight both the promise and the problem.

Kimberly Strassel, a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and writer of Potomac Watch, wrote Thursday that the Democrats’ vaunted “Colorado Model” is falling flat. “If Colorado is serving as a model for anything these days, it’s the risks of Democratic overreach,” she writes.

Virtually alone among observers of Colorado politics, she correctly notes that the Democrat take-over of the legislature, the governorship and both senate seats was “based largely on a superior campaign game.” Negative attack ads weakened people’s confidence in Republicans and a divided Republican Party could not fight back effectively. Indeed, the power structure behind the Colorado GOP is still at war with grassroots activists.

Winning is not the same thing as governing. Colorado voters, like all Americans, want their representatives to listen to them — not special interests, and certainly not outside special interests. So when Michael Bloomberg and his money came to Colorado to get gun control enacted, the people fought back. Opponents flooded the capitol, two of the bills were actually stopped and ultimately two senators were recalled. Another resigned to avoid recall and the Senate flipping to Republican control.

That’s just one of many issues on the liberal agenda the Democrat-controlled government pushed into law with no Republican input allowed. They did nothing to help the struggling economy. As a result, they’re in trouble.

What can Democrats do to maintain control? They lose on all the issues so they are forced to fall back on their attack-ad strategy. It’s the same strategy they’ve used since 2010. Literally. Word for word. “Candidate <fill in the name> is too extreme for Colorado.” “He wants to take away your birth control.”

As Strassel notes, it’s falling flat. Coloradans are looking for a way back to a healthy economy and they’re not interested in more government control over every aspect of their lives. The issues that matter to people aren’t about a “war on women,” they’re about the economy, energy, education…and, as the reality of the new election laws sinks in, elections themselves.


This issue is highlighted by Project Veritas’ new video showing Democrat campaign workers encouraging vote fraud.

A Udall campaign worker talks to James O’Keefe about picking ballots out of the trash and voting them. “That’s not even like lying or stealing,” she says.

But of course it is. A ballot must be signed by the person it was sent to, attesting that he or she actually filled it out. Falsifying that signature is lying. And it cheats someone else who voted legitimately out of their vote. It’s clear that for these people that the ends justify the means.

Still, Colorado Republicans are encouraged by the voter turnout at this point. As of Friday, 43% of ballots returned were Republican, 31% Democrat and 23% Independent. Only a little more than 500,000 ballots of more than 3.5 million mailed have been counted so far. And while Republicans tend to vote early, those ballot harvesters like the ones James O’Keefe talked to will hold on to their ballots until the last minute.


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Al Maurer

Al Maurer is a political scientist and founder of The Voice of Liberty. He writes on topics of limited government and individual rights.