Where do Colorado Republicans go from here?

Where do Colorado Republicans go from here?

Bonnie Vermilion of Colorado Springs cheers as she awaits the arrival of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at a campaign rally at the World Arena in Colorado Springs Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Mark Reis, Special to The Colorado Sun) Four years ago, before Donald Trump was president, Colorado Republicans had a place at the table. They held one of Colorado’s U.S. Senate seats and three statewide offices: attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. The GOP was even in power at the Colorado Capitol, where the state Senate was in the party’s hands, forcing Democrats to compromise on every piece of legislation. Shift to 2020 and Colorado conservatives, in the wake of Trump’s presidency, have lost all of that power and are now in the middle of a fierce battle to claw some of it back. Lori Weigel, a prominent GOP pollster, said when she started working in Colorado it was “an overwhelmingly Republican state and the Broncos never lost.” “Today, 22 years later,” she said, “it’s a little different.” Republicans in Colorado are facing a real crisis as the state moves further to the left . The bench of future GOP leaders the party hoped to build now is looking thin, one that could rival the Broncos’ injured list. Cory Gardner . Mike Coffman. Walker Stapleton. Wayne Williams. Cole Wist. George Brauchler. Polly Lawrence. All of them were solidly beaten in the past two election cycles. No Republican running statewide has won more than 45% […]

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