Boulder, CO Voting


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Boulder, CO is located in the state of Colorado and is an important political hub in the region. It serves as home to the University of Colorado Boulder, one of the most respected public universities in the country. The city also plays an important role in state politics as it is a Democratic stronghold and has voted strongly for progressive candidates in recent elections. In local politics, there are several candidates running for office who represent a wide range of perspectives and interests from around Boulder. These include candidates from both major parties as well as independents and third party candidates. Issues important to Boulder residents range from environmental protection to economic development and affordable housing. As a result, voters have a wide selection of candidates to choose from when they go to the polls this November.

The political climate in Boulder, CO is strongly liberal.

Boulder County, CO is very liberal. In Boulder County, CO 77.2% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 20.6% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.2% voted Independent.

In the last Presidential election, Boulder county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 77.2% to 20.6%.
Boulder county voted Democratic in every Presidential election since 2000.

The BestPlaces liberal/conservative index

Boulder, CO is strongly liberal.

Boulder County, Colorado is very liberal.

Boulder Metro Area is very liberal.

Colorado is somewhat liberal.

The BestPlaces liberal/conservative index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.

Displaying 20 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.

Boulder, Colorado: D D D D D D

How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican Party candidate won, D if the Democratic Party candidate won and I if the Independent Party candidate won. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R R).

Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.

Here's the VoteWord for Iowa d r d d r. In the last six elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican Party candidate in 2016 and 2020 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d D) has voted for the Democratic Party in the last three elections.

Individual Campaign Contributions in Boulder, CO

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 97,676 contributions totaling $18,723,399 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $192 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 5,498 contributions totaling $4,642,031 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $844 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

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Outside of the university, Boulder had a very distinctive "wealthy hippy" feel. A lot of alternative medicine and a matching ethos. This is changing some among my  More

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Most people do much worse than Boulder. I'm the most critical person I've ever met who is never happy or satisfied -- so that's a pretty huge compliment.   More

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