Friday, April 25, 2008

Winning Colorado vs. McCain

Here is a nice blog from Christopher Hass at the official site. He explains how Barack Obama's approach can open up the possibility in winning Republican or "red" states.

By going on the offensive you force the Republicans to defend states they formerly considered in their pockets. You also fire up the local Democrats more when you have more states involved. And its better for the whole Democratic ticket and for the long-term future of the party.

The example is how to win the state of Colorado in the general election.

Winning in November: Colorado

by Christopher Hass, Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 02:01 PM

One of the advantages of this long primary process (fourteen months and counting) has been the opportunity it's provided for us to campaign and organize in all fifty states. In cities and towns across America we've seen record voter registration and participation, with many people finding their way to the political process for the first time. The end result: a radically altered electoral map that gives us the opportunity to compete across the country in November, in swing states and "red states" as well as "blue states."

Once case in point: Colorado.

In 2004, George W. Bush won the state of Colorado by less than 100,000 votes. Last winter, our grassroots supporters in the state spent months organizing, helped out at the end by field staff, multiple offices, and Barack himself. On February 5th Barack won the Colorado caucuses by a overwhelming margin, defeating Hillary Clinton 67% to 32%.

Two and a half months later, a recent Rassmussen poll shows that against Hillary Clinton, John McCain would easily carry the state right now, leading 50% to 36%. But in a head to head match-up, Barack leads McCain 46% to 43%, flipping the state and its nine electoral votes.

It's a pattern that we've seen repeat itself in states like Iowa, Oregon, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin and more.

And our grassroots networks that are still at work, still organizing and still contributing, helping lay the groundwork for the general election against John McCain in November.

Visit to find active grassroots groups and ongoing event in Colorado.

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