Is Colorado the New Delaware? The New Missouri?

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.

Colorado’s Sixth District

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3 responses to “Is Colorado the New Delaware? The New Missouri?

  1. Columbine High School is in the Colorado 6th Congressional District but is not in Douglas County, it is in Jefferson County.

  2. I think you may find Colorado is going the same way as Arizona and New Mexico, becoming more and more purple by the day as refugees from California and Hollywood continue their reverse migration out of the state, bring with them their liberal ways and values.

    The northeastern portion of NM, Santa Fe, Taos is just plain old Hollywood, NM now. They are so liberal they are constantly diluting the rest of New Mexico.

    You might want to do a demographic study of the Four Corners states and see what pops up. Could be interesting.

    SJ Reidhead
    The Pink Flamingo

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