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Colorado

SUPER STATE STRATEGY

Our primary objectives in Colorado are to: 1) flip the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Cory Gardner and 2) win the state’s nine Electoral College votes. (Colorado’s state government is already blue after the state Senate flipped in the 2018 midterms.)

The pathway to retake the Senate necessarily runs through Colorado. To flip this seat, Democrats need to improve on margins from the last Senate election in 2014 in three key urban communities and their surrounding suburbs: Pueblo, Fort Collins, and Denver. Replicating voter turnout levels from the 2016 and 2018 elections in these three areas will be key to achieving our goals in Colorado.

By the numbers:

1

United States Senate seat to flip

9

Electoral College votes

What's at stake

Gun Violence Prevention

Colorado gets a C from the Giffords Law Center for state gun laws. In 2017, Colorado was in the top half of states for gun death in the country. Someone is killed with a gun every 12 hours in Colorado.

The state doesn’t require gun owners to hold a license, register their firearms, or report lost or stolen firearms. It also doesn’t have a waiting period for gun purchases, nor does it require firearm dealers to have licenses to sell guns.

By continuing to elect Democrats to all levels of government, Coloradans can keep pushing toward communities free from gun violence.

Environment

Between 1901 and 2016, Western Colorado has seen some of the most significant temperature increases across the southwest U.S.

Colorado is also experiencing record-low mountain snow and rising temperatures, leading to worsening wildfires. The state has also seen a 70% increase in state drilling since 2017.

Without Democratic leadership in the U.S. Senate and the White House, we won’t be able to protect Colorado from the effects of climate change.

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is a prominent issue in the Democratic-controlled Colorado state legislature. It passed three bills in 2019, adding $82 million a year to efforts aimed at providing more affordable housing to Coloradans.


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