I’d just about given up on the state, but these numbers have me reconsidering:
First, and contrary to conventional wisdom, Latinos did not swing the state from red to blue in 2008. According to exit polls, John McCain managed 38 percent of the Latino vote. In 2004, George W. Bush pulled in 30 percent. The real action was with white voters, who gave McCain just 48 percent of the vote compared to 57 percent for Bush. So, Colorado is really not an example of demography trumping all, as so many on the left implicitly argue. Instead, it was about white voters abandoning the GOP.
Second, the Republicans rebounded in Colorado in 2010 to some degree. The party suffered an epic meltdown in the Senate and gubernatorial races, which prompted some pundits to conclude that the Centennial State was slipping away from the Republicans. However, the GOP actually won a solid victory in the statewide House vote, 50 percent to 45 percent, which basically tracked the national average. Plus, the two sides are evenly divided in the state house (the Democrats control the state senate).