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Colorado: Post-election poll analyzes Latino vote

President Barack Obama.

Overwhelming Latino support was a key piece of President Obama’s Colorado win

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Changing demographics in swing states have already been widely discussed in the national media as a key factor in President Barack Obama’s win, but post-election polling that drills down a bit more adds some details.

The candidates’ positions on immigration and other issues important to the Latino community were crucial helping Obama win in Colorado, according to data from impreMedia and Latino Decisions. The polling results suggests the Latino vote determined the outcome of the election in the state — and that Latinos were under-represented in pre-election polling, leading to skewed projections on the closeness of the race.

In Colorado, Latino voters supported Obama over Romney by an overwhelming 87 percent to 10 percent margin, the largest split of all eleven states in the poll, for a net contribution of 9.5 percentage points to Obama (based on Latino Decisions’ estimate that Latinos accounted for 12.5 percent of the total Colorado electorate). Continue reading

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Election 2012: Arizona voters reject a special interest-driven bid to claim control over federally managed public lands

Arizona voters rejected a bid by some special interest groups to claim control over 27 million acres of federally managed public lands. Map courtesy Center for Biological Diversity.

Land grab seen as a waste of time and money by many state residents

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Arizona may have voted for failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a big way, but a ballot initiative aimed at claiming state control of federally managed public lands in the state didn’t get much of a coattail effect.

Proposition 120, criticized by most as a massively expensive land grab, failed at the polls this week, as voters rejected the amendment to the Arizona Constitution that would have declared the state’s sovereign and exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state’s boundaries.

The land grab would have covered some 27 million acres of public land, including 23 national parks, monuments and recreation areas spanning 3.3 million acres; 90 wilderness areas spanning 4.5 million acres; 10 national wildlife refuges spanning 1.7 million acres; two wild and scenic rivers spanning over 82 river miles; six national forests spanning 11.8 million acres; and 12.1 million acres of lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, according to an analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity. Continue reading

Election 2012: Summit County still a Democratic stronghold

President Barack Obama won nearly two-thirds of the votes in Summit County on his way to winning the presidency.

For the first time in many years, Summit will be represented by a Republican in the State Senate

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Summit County and Colorado voters Tuesday helped propel President Barack Obama to a second term in office in a race that wasn’t nearly as close as many pundits and GOP operatives wanted it to be.

Obama beat Romney by 5 percentage points statewide, piling up a margin of more than 100,000 votes and helping the president cruise to a big electoral college win and contributing to the president’s margin of about 2 million votes nationally.

In Summit County, candidate Mitt Romney shaved about 5 points of Obama’s 65 percent win in 2008, but the president still easily carried the county, as independents — about one third of the electorate — overwhelmingly voted for Obama.

  • Obama (D) – 9,169 (60.9 percent)
  • Romney (R) – 5,495 (36.5 percent)
  • Johnson (L) –   255 (1.6 percent) Continue reading

Election 2012: Time to vote

Barack Obama likely to carry Summit County

If the 7-11 coffee poll is correct, Barack Obama will serve another four years.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Voting day dawned bright and clear in the high country; weather won’t be a factor in keeping anyone from the polls this year in Colorado, one of several key swing states that could determine the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. While Summit County has been solidly blue in recent elections, there are a number of populated Denver suburbs that will likely determine which way Colorado goes, and there’s a lot at stake for the state. Continue reading

Polis, DeGette to speak at Democratic convention

Colorado once again a key swing state

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO —During a convention that will probably spend a lot of time trying to solidify the diverse Democratic political base, will feature an early speech by Congressman Jared Polis making a plea for unity and inclusiveness — as well as a new Democratic majority in Congress.

“Diversity is part of America’s strength, but so is the fact that we are all, first and foremost, Americans who believe that if you play by the rules and work hard, you can get ahead and succeed,” said Polis, who represents Summit County citizens as part of his district.

Congresswoman Diana DeGette is also scheduled to speak.

“My message to the convention will be that we must heal divisions–not exploit them for political gain, and unite behind the common goal of strengthening our economy, creating jobs, and forging a better future for ourselves and our families.”

The Polis speech is set for Sept. 4 between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m.

In early proceedings the Hispanic caucus met Monday, with 800 delegates gathered, by some accounts the largest Latino presence at any convention.

A high turnout among Latino voters could be crucial in tipping a few swing states in Obama’s favor, including Colorado.

Illinois State Senator Iris Martinez said the caucus is focused on making that “no Latino stays home on Election Day.”

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