When the Republican “tsunami” that swept across the nation crashed into Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, it lost some of its power, splitting voters, particularly independents. As pollster Floyd Ciruli tells The Washington Times, “In the West, there’s less of a partisan political climate than in the East or Midwest. We have far more unaffiliated voters and far more weak partisans.”
As such, questions still linger this morning regarding which party has control of the Colorado House of Representatives. As Boulder’s Daily Camera points out, two of the races were still too close to call yesterday, including House District 29, currently held by Arvada incumbent Democrat Debbie Benefield, who has been trailing Republican Robert Ramirez by a few hundred votes. A count of provisional ballots may come into play in that race, but that will no longer be necessary in Broomfield’s House District 33, where incumbent Democrat Dianne Primavera has conceded her race to Republican Don Beezley, reports the Camera, in a separate article. That leaves the GOP potentially poised to take the House in a crucial year-one in which census data will be used to redraw congressional districts.
Should the GOP win the House, they’ll have to contend with a Democratic governor and a Senate controlled by Dems, who maintained their majority in that chamber after tight races yesterday. Governor-elect John Hickenlooper says he’ll work with either party, regardless of which wins majority control. “To me, it’s irrelevant whether they are Republicans or Democrats; I want to reach across the aisle and get everyone at the table, and I want to give them actionable roles so their contributions matter,” he adds (via The Associated Press).