Colorado is home to a wide range of politics from both major political parties. The state provides many opportunities for political involvement by its citizens, including voting in local elections. Colorado has two main political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, each with their own views and opinions on key issues. Both parties have been involved in pushing forward legislation that affects the lives of everyday Coloradans, such as education reform, healthcare reform, energy conservation, and environmental protection. Additionally, there are numerous third-party candidates who offer alternative solutions to public policy problems in the region. With so many different points of view represented in the state's politics, it can be difficult for voters to make an informed decision when choosing a candidate or party for local elections. It is important for Coloradans to stay informed about current issues and proposed policies so that they can make an educated decision when it comes time to vote.
The political climate in Colorado is somewhat liberal.
In Colorado 55.4% of the people voted for the Democratic Party in the last presidential election, 41.9% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.7% voted for an Independent Party.
In the last Presidential election, Colorado remained strongly Democratic, 55.4% to 41.9%.
Colorado voted Democratic in four most recent Presidential elections, after 2000 and 2004 went Republican.
The BestPlaces liberal/conservative index
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.
Colorado, Colorado: r r 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 for the Democrat and I for the Independent. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R 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 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 four elections.
Individual Campaign Contributions in Colorado
In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 453,531 contributions totaling $74,199,943 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $164 per contribution.
In the last 4 years, there were 87,529 contributions totaling $43,743,713 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $500 per contribution.
(source: Federal Election Commission)