They used to say that so goes Delaware goes the nation. Well, I’ve never heard that exact saying, but the First State voted for the winning presidential candidate from 1952 to 1996.
It was always a swing state because Delaware, despite what Wayne and Garth said, had a little something of everything — a Northeastern-style city (Wilmington), middle-class suburbs and “southern-accented farmers,” according to the Almanac of American Politics. A little bit of Mason, a little bit of Dixon.
When Delaware broke its streak in 2000 when it voted for the Democratic candidate who would go on to loose the Electoral College, Missouri stood alone as the nation’s premier bellwether. The Show-Me State, another border territory, has voted for the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1900 besides 1956.
But in 2008, I’m looking at Colorado. Why? Because what other state is home to a town like Boulder and one like Colorado Springs? Boulder is a outdoor enthusiast haven, a town for college students and organic food. Meanwhile, Colorado Springs is home to Focus on the Family and the Air Force Academy.
In between Boulder and Colorado Springs is Douglas County, which is directly south of Denver. It’s an interesting county because it held the honors of being both the most affluent and the fastest growing county in America in the last decade. It’s also part of Colorado’s Sixth District, which is being vacated by Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo next year.
It’s a very Republican district, and I’m too far removed from The Hotline these days to handicap who has a good shot at winning. But I’m gonna keep an eye on it, if only for the fact that I’m interested in seeing if Colorado will be the next Delaware… or Missouri.
Correction: The original post stated that Columbine High School is in Douglas County. It is in Jefferson County.