Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Colorado's Bi-Polar Voters

It's E-Day plus seven, that is election day one week later. Republicans are licking their wounds while Democrats are jubilant.

Fact is, that Coloradans have never been straight party-line voters. This year was no exception. Riding a wave of blue, Democrats captured the governor's mansion, increased their legislative margins and elected record numbers of county and local officials. Its heady times to be a Democrat in Colorado.

Yet, there was good news when it comes to conservative issues such as Amendment 43, the definition of marriage. Many voters voted for Democratic candidates but agreed with conservative ideas. This was reflected in the marriage amendment, which passed overwhelmingly with 56-44 percent. Fifty-four of the state's sixty-four counties passed it. On the other hand, the liberal measure, Referendum I, granting homosexual unions equivalent, failed by a 53 to 47 percent.

It will be interesting to see if the folks elected will represent the ideas of the people.

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