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New Hampshire's 'Independent' Mindset Familiar to Colorado Voters

January 7, 2008

Denver, CO – All eyes are on New Hampshire's primary election Tuesday, but the results of last week's Iowa Caucuses already have the candidates and analysts looking ahead to Colorado. Caucus-goers here will make their choices next month on "Super Tuesday," along with much of the rest of the nation. Bill Vandenberg, director of Colorado Progressive Action, says Coloradans have a lot in common with New Hampshire voters.

"We are notoriously independent-minded. Colorado voters will pick people like Jerry Brown in the '90s or give heavy support to Ross Perot. So, Colorado voters are unpredictable."

Most of the nation will select candidates when 20 states hold their primaries on February 5, but Vandenberg believes Colorado's roles - as host of the Democratic National Convention and a big fund-raising source - could keep the Centennial State from getting lost in the shuffle.

"It's a place where many candidates have been able to raise a pretty good amount of money, disproportionate for the size of state that we are, and it's seen as one of the key battleground states."

Messages of hope and change resonate well in Colorado, according to Vandenburg. He notes that Obama and Clinton both have a strong campaign presence here, and he says he'll be interested to see if Mike Huckabee can gather support from Colorado's evangelical community.

"Colorado voters, just like those in Iowa and New Hampshire, are tired of demonizing opponents, creating fear, and not talking about hope."

Eric Mack/John Robinson, Public News Service - CO