Democrats on Ballot in Every Major Race in Colorado

You can’t win a race that you don’t enter.

The blue wave cometh.

As Jesse Paul explains today for the Denver Post, Colorado Democrats will have a candidate on the ballot in every major political race in 2018:

Democrats have secured a candidate on the ballot in every 2018 Colorado congressional, statehouse and major statewide race.

The last candidate to make the ballot and fill out the party’s roster was Guinn Unger Jr., a Democrat from Bayfield, who is running for the seat currently held by Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose. Unger’s signatures were verified by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday.

Before you shrug off this statistic, consider how things look across the political aisle:

The Colorado Republican Party said it doesn’t have candidates in all of the state’s legislative races.

Out of the 65 state House races, the GOP had 35 people running before last weekend’s statewide Republican assembly. At that time, the party also had candidates on the ballot in 13 of of 17 state Senate races.

A spokesperson for the Colorado Republican Party is mentioned in the Post article trying to explain that there are advantages and disadvantages to having candidates on the ballot in every race, but this attempt at spin is transparently-silly nonsense talk. Political parties don’t need to expend resources for every candidate on the ballot, but Republicans would like you to think that it’s some sort of brilliant strategery to not even bother to compete in dozens of races.

It isn’t.

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  1. Davie says:

    Paul Krugman's rueful analysis of what Republicans will be selling voters this year:

    The Great Snake Oil Slump

    …the bottom line is that tax cuts just don’t sell like they used to. Which leaves you wondering what, exactly, Republicans have left to run on.

    True, tax cuts probably had less to do with past G.O.P. successes than many party activists seem to imagine. Other factors were often much more important. But those other factors also aren’t what they used to be.

    I mean, claims to be the defenders of family values have lost their punch partly because the public has become far more socially tolerant — Americans now support same-sex marriage by a two-to-one majority! — and partly because the current resident of the White House may be the worst family man in America. Flag-waving claims to be more patriotic than Democrats worked well for Reagan and Bush, but are much more problematic for a G.O.P. that looks more and more like the party of Putin.

    Still, Republicans needn’t despair. After all, they’ll always have racism to fall back on. And with the tax cut fizzling, I predict that we’ll be seeing a lot of implicit — even explicit — appeals to racism in the months ahead.


  2. flatiron says:

    Bodes well for Dems winning all the statewide offices this fall

  3. Voyageur says:

    Amazing.  Legislative races are the feedstock of a political party, where you develop leaders and candidates forhigher office.  It's okay to take a pass in a district where you're outnumbered 8-1, and there are a few.  But shunning 30 out of 65 House seats? That means that even if you won 90 percent of contested House seats, you'd still be in a minority.

    Vacancy committees may fill a few seats but this is an amazing abdication of Republicans.

    Moddy, do your duty!  Run for the legislature!

    • unnamed says:

      I'm sure he will after he recovers from his bender, over his girlfriend being beaten at the state assembly.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

       That means that even if you won 90 percent of contested House seats, you'd still be in a minority.

      Perhaps they have accepted their in fate in life.

      And isn't one of their 35 candidates, that dude who replaced Lebsock? Are they really counting on him holding that seat?


      On the other hand, they don’t need to dilute the purity of their fanatical message by collaborating with RINOs who must run in competitive districts.

  4. davebarnes says:

    According to the infamous Big Line, no Dimocrat is running in CD-5.

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