Colorado thinking of joining the Western Primary
California and Illinois (and Barack Obama for that matter) be damned, Colorado is thinking of joining the Western Primary. Dan Slater of the Colorado party is in DC for the winter DNC meeting and gives us this update:
With the exception of four states (IA, NV, NH, and SC), the DNC’s rules do not allow any states to hold their primaries or caucuses before February 5. However, there is a concentrated effort to hold the contest in several Western states on that day — meaning a lot more attention by the candidates to those states. The State Party officers have been in discussions for a while about whether to work with the Legislature to move our caucus up to Feb. 5, joining the other Western states that are doing so. We met with academics, we talked with legislators and other political leaders, and we asked for the input of the county chairs that are the linchpin to the caucus process.
The response was overwhelming. As reported in the Rocky this morning, the Party is now working with the Legislature to make the change from a March caucus to a February 5 caucus. In response to some concerns heard in our process, we’re asking that the move from March to February only take place in Presidential years.
Your Personal Note:
Colorado matters a lot. It has nine electoral votes, the most in the Intermountain West after Arizona, which has ten electoral votes. Moreover, Colorado is a red state turning blue with one Democratic senator and the current Republican senator set to retire in 2008, a new Democratic governor, a majority Democratic congressional delegation, and a majority Democratic state legislature. On top of all that, it will be the site of the 2008 national Democratic convention. Colorado should definitely join the Western primary/caucus on February 5, 2008.
Posted by: Leo Brown | Feb 1, 2007 8:18:30 AM
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