On the heels of the recent recalls of state politicians in Colorado by pro-gun citizens, the Democrat Party finds itself in a bit of trouble. Colorado was once a red state, but has been trending purple, and in the last couple of elections been solidly blue. In fact, Democrats had been faring so well in Colorado in recent years that their state legislature decided to push forward with unpopular gun control legislation in their last session. The move seems to have been a very big mistake.
The once uber-popular Governor Tom Hickenlooper (D-CO) is now eminently beatable and several Republican candidates are within striking distance.
A recently released Quinnipiac poll has some bad news for the Governor.
Gov. Hickenlooper gets a 48 percent approval rating, while 46 percent disapprove, almost identical to his 48 – 44 percent approval rating in an August 23 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Voters say 49 – 42 percent today that the governor does not deserve reelection, also little changed from August.
“Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper does not have much room to breathe the Rocky Mountain air, and certainly no clear sailing back to the statehouse. With the election a year away, he has slight leads over his Republican challengers and a mixed approval rating, but 9 in 10 voters list jobs as a top priority and the new gun control laws sit very badly with Colorado gun owners,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“Almost half of Colorado voters don’t want to give Gov. Hickenlooper four more years, but they seem to like the other guys a little less.”
With the political winds shifting towards Republicans, thanks in large part to Obamacare’s disastrous rollout, Colorado could prove to be a nifty win for Republicans. The gun control debate in Colorado can only serve to help Republicans even more with the electorate, and a surprising pickup there wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility. As we move forward, the Colorado state GOP needs to work hard to build name recognition for their candidates and start building their own narrative before the Democrats get a chance to build one for them.
A win in the Centennial State in 2014 would be icing on the cake of what should be a good day for the GOP.
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