DENVER (CBS4) – This election could give Democrats more control in Colorado than they have had in decades. For more than a century, Colorado has been a purple state — sometimes giving Democrats more control, sometimes Republicans. The year of 1937 was the exception. That year, Democrats controlled every statewide elected office, the entire Congressional delegation, and 80% of the state legislature.

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Democrats could have sweeping control again 83 years later. CBS4 Democratic analyst Mike Dino says it’s not just the Trump phenomenon at work.

“We’re a very urbanized state now. Eighty-five percent of our population lives in urban areas.”

The impact of that, he says, is evident in ballot measures like Proposition 114 that would reintroduce gray wolves west of the Continental Divide.

“It will probably pass because urban voters probably will vote for that, and in more rural areas people who are affected by it may not.”

CBS4 Republican analyst Dick Wadhams says not only are there more urban voters, the only statewide office holder not from Denver or Boulder is Sen. Cory Gardner. (Gov. Jared Polis and Secretary of State Jena Griswold live in Boulder County and Attorney General Phil Weiser and Sen. Michael Bennet live in Denver.)

“Democrats really are targeting rural agriculture with wolf reintroduction. They’re targeting rural energy development and those great jobs that are held across rural Colorado in coal mining and oil and gas exploration. We’re going to see more of it if this election goes the way we think it might.”

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Dino says there will definitely be a shift left — especially on issues like climate change — but he agrees with Wadhams that, if Democrats overreach, they won’t be in control long. Almost half, 40%, of voters in Colorado aren’t Democrat or Republican, they’re unaffiliated.

“They will not give Democrats a lot of leeway if they move to the extreme,” said Dino.

Wadhams predicts Democratic rule will be short-lived.

“I fully expect Democrats at both the national and state levels to absolutely lose control of themselves and there will be a backlash in 2022.”

The state has been trending blue for the last few elections. In 2016, there were only about 6,000 more Democrats here than Republicans. Today, there are 100,000 more Democrats. They already have control at the State Capitol, but they could have veto-proof majorities after Nov. 3. That means, even if the governor disagrees with them, they could override his veto.

Dick Wadhams is Republican political consultant who has worked with former Colorado Senator Wayne Allard and former Colorado Governor Bill Owens. He also worked on John Thune’s upset victor over then United States Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle in South Dakota. Wadhams was elected as the Chair of the Colorado Republican Party in 2007 and 2009.

Mike Dino is a Democratic government affairs expert with more than 30 years of experience. He was the CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Host Committee where President Obama received his historic nomination. Dino also served as the executive director of Denver’s Task Force for the 1997 Summit of the Eight.

Shaun Boyd

Comments (13)
  1. TomTancredoFan says:

    It’s fitting that Polis finally put the Governor moniker into his trophy case given the fact that he was a member of Colorado’s Gang of Four who successfully out hustled, outspent, and outsmarted the establishment Republicans to turn the state from red to blue. And putting up a blockhead like Walker Stapleton just two years ago shows a severe lack of critical awareness. But while Republicans try to wake up and smell the coffee, recalling Polis is brewing up good.

  2. “They will not give Democrats a lot of leeway if they move to the extreme,” said Dino. LOLOL “IF” they move to the extreme?? already there, I love these articles that pretend the election is over. The grey wolves are a way to shut down fossil fuels in CO as the extremists will cry endangerment. They will also compete with revenue that hunters bring to this state; grey wolves = target practice.

  3. Dwight Smith says:

    Colorado ….. where unborn lives don’t matter

  4. Sunflower says:

    We moved to this state years ago to enjoy the outdoors and the conservative policies. The influx of liberals and illegals and illegal voting (which I believe is how we got this horrible “blue” government) has changed it to California 2.0. We are productive citizens who planned to retire here. Now, we’re looking for someplace else and finding every place has been ruined by the same stupid “blue” socialist policies.

  5. Dave Williams says:

    People moved here from their failed blue state because Colorado is peaceful, friendly, and doesn’t have the problems their failed state had. But guess what? They will immediately start to change Colorado to match the failed state they left. And you can only guess what happens next.

    1. Kruth says:

      Yes, Texas, that bastion of liberalism. How adorable.

  6. Samantha says:

    Can’t we just deport the leftists and stoners out of our state??

  7. Mark Richards says:

    I would like to know which members of the Colorado Democrats and Republicans are taking money from the C.C.P. Remember B.L.M.= Biden’s Laptop Matter’s

  8. jamesplehr says:

    Colorado is amazing. Have family there…anyone who says it’s going to he!! probably just lives in a trailer park in the south and is jealous.

    1. Samantha says:

      You don’t live here. You have NO idea. I live in the 80906 zip code (Cheyenne Mtn./Broadmoor) – that’s not a ‘trailer park’; it’s probably a better area than you live in. We’re starting to see homeless people here, and petty crime has shot up. Our petty crime rate is much higher than the national average. Yes, it IS going to hell-in-a-handbasket.

    2. Joe says:

      Yeah fool, I live in Cherry Creek……tell me where you live. Oh wait, you are one of the leftist loonies that moved to a once great state and brought your ignorant policies!

  9. Joe says:

    And EXACTLY the reason the state has gone to he*&……..

  10. Randy Lahey says:

    Colorado – slowly becoming the square version of California

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