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Colorado Republicans warming up to Romney

Students line up to see President Obama speak at the Coors Center in Boulder, Colo. on April 24. Alison Noon, The Washington Post
Students line up to see President Obama speak at the Coors Center in Boulder, Colo. on April 24. Alison Noon, The Washington Post
June 8, 2012

Although he wasn’t the caucus choice in February, Colorado Republicans are now mustering support for Mitt Romney, who hopes to turn what was a blue state in 2008.

Rick Santorum was the Colorado Republicans’ preference in the February precinct caucuses and two months later, with Santorum no longer a contender, conservatives staked their interests in a number of independent candidates and Ron Paul.

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Young voter turnout expected to decrease in 2012 election

A mountain of upcoming outreach goals at the Organizing for America office in Boulder, Colo., a candidate-affiliated office that aims to get young people to vote. Alison Noon, The Washington Post
A mountain of upcoming outreach goals at the Organizing for America office in Boulder, Colo., a candidate-affiliated office that aims to get young people to vote. Alison Noon, The Washington Post
June 14, 2012

It’s not just reporters and analysts who are predicting a decrease in voter turnout among under-30-year-olds this presidential year; 2008 and 2004 were outliers in what has been a historically declining turnout rate since the 1960s, according to the Census Bureau.

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Obama visits theater shooting victims and families, Aurora holds memorial service

July 23, 2012

President Obama visited Aurora, Colo., on Sunday,  just two days after the shooting massacre he called a “tragedy that reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family.”

The president offered sympathy and comfort to surviving victims and mourning families Sunday afternoon at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, one of the facilities where victims were sent after the Friday shooting, which left 12 people dead and dozens injured.

“Such violence, such evil is senseless,” Obama said Friday about the shooting. “There are going to be other days for politics; this, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection.”

Bill and Hilary Clinton in May 1999 visited Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo., one month after the school shooting that happened there on April 20, 1999.

The Clintons’ visit was met with loud cheers of resilience in a quasi-pep rally at Columbine. Obama’s last-minute Sunday visit was one of quiet console and healing for the shaken community that looks toward overcoming Friday’s tragedy. 

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Romney returns to Colorado pre-debate

Mitt Romney stands on a table at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds before heading inside to speak to supporters on August 2, 2012.
Mitt Romney stands on a table at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds before heading inside to speak to supporters on August 2, 2012.
Oct. 1, 2012

Mitt Romney will be back in the greater Denver area on Monday, two days ahead of the first presidential debate at University of Denver.

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In Colorado, Election Day rules enforced

Nov. 6, 2012

Cindi Scott (right), an election support judge in Boulder, Colo., reels out tape to measure the distance from the door of Grace Lutheran Church to where Shana Parker (left) is passing out voter guides and advocating for Obama.

It is illegal in Colorado for electioneering, such as Parker’s, to happen within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling station. Parker was forced to move across the street after it was found that she was about 4 feet too close. She was not upset.

“I’m glad that they’re upholding the law,” Parker said. “That’s what we need to be doing all over the country.”

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Obama projected to win Colorado, get-out-the-vote efforts continue

Jane Meagher makes last-minute campaign calls at the Republican headquarters and Romney field office in Longmont, Colo., at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - 90 minutes before the polls closed in Colorado. Alison Noon, The Washington Post
Jane Meagher makes last-minute campaign calls at the Republican headquarters and Romney field office in Longmont, Colo., at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday – 90 minutes before the polls closed in Colorado. Alison Noon, The Washington Post
Nov. 9, 2012

A Coloradan and Mitt Romney supporter, Jane Meagher volunteered for the Romney campaign until the last minutes of the 2012 election amidst uncertainty over the state’s outcome.

“I’m really not sure how Colorado will go,” Meagher said at the Longmont Republicans headquarters Tuesday around 6:00 p.m., four hours before AP would project that Colorado’s majority supported Barack Obama.

“All you can do is just hope that it’s going to go our way.”

Meagher attested to being one of the millions that crossed their 2008 party decision and voted for Romney.

“I have to tell you, I voted for Obama last time. I lived in Chicago, there was such a groundswell for Obama in Chicago. I believed in the hope and change.”

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