Obamas Making More Stops in Colorado Before Tuesday
Earlier today I wrote about the latest Colorado poll showing Obama still with a big lead over John McCain. A reader asked me if I'm ready to call Colorado for Obama yet.
I thought I was, but now I'm having second thoughts. He was just in Denver and Fort Collins last week, so why are he and Michelle coming back to Colorado tomorrow to do a rally in Pueblo? Pueblo is a Democratic county. Maybe it's just that early voting turnout in Pueblo has not been as high as other places. As of today:[More...]
Pueblo: mail-in: 22,972
early voting: 12,380
active voters: 108,032
And, why is Michelle, who was just in Colorado Springs the other day, coming back to do a rally on Monday night? If Colorado were safe, wouldn't they be spending their final days in a state that wasn't? Perhaps Obama's internal polling is showing something different than the other Colorado polls showing Obama with a significant lead.
Or, is it concern that voter purging may be a problem? Remember the settlement Wednesday in the lawsuit challenging the removal of more than 20,000 voters from registration lists?
Seems our Secretary of State, Mike Coffman, has already violated at least the spirit of it by purging another 146 names since then. The federal judge presiding over the case got really mad today[More...]:
U.S. District Judge John Kane said that was a violation of federal law. Kane warned that if Coffman doesn't stop the practice, "he'll be listening to me personally."
He ordered the 146 voters to be put back on the rolls.
Coffman gave this explanation:
In a statement, Coffman said he believed the judge's original order did not require him to stop the purges but rather said the settlement left the "processes leading up to Election Day" unchanged.
....Coffman said that, of the 146 registrations ordered to be reinstated, 66 were canceled because of duplications, 62 were canceled because the voter moved out of state and 12 were canceled because the voter died. The remaining six registrations were canceled either because the potential voter was a convicted felon, was not a U.S. citizen or withdrew the application, he said.
Here is the Judge's order today (obtained from PACER):
Defendant immediately shall cease and stop removing or redacting names within the 90-day period. No additional names are to be removed by the Secretary or the Clerk and Recorders throughout the state pending the general election. Defendant may add names to the eligibility list and proceed with anything else that is in the normal course of operations.
Maybe its these kind of shenanigans that has Obama concerned enough about Colorado for him and Michelle to make four stops here this week. Joe Biden was here too last week. Or, it could be that early voting among young voters hasn't met expectations, a trend being seen nationally. Despite the huge numbers being seen,
The only dampening factors are the youth vote, which hasn't shown much in early voting, and as the race looks less close, some people may stay home, experts said.
Early voting ended tonight in Colorado. It's expected more than half of our 3 million voters will have cast their ballots before Tuesday. The numbers so far:
As of early Friday morning, the Colorado Secretary of State's Office reported that nearly 1.3 million registered voters had cast ballots already, either in person or by mail-in. That's 40 percent turnout....Of those who voted early in some fashion, 488,575 were Democrats, 465,869 were Republicans and 336,551 were unaffiliated.
Neither McCain nor Palin are expected back before Tuesday. But, Mitt Romney is coming to campaign for McCain Monday. Romney was overwhelming the choice of Colorado Republicans in the caucuses.
So, is Colorado still in doubt?
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