Ernest Luning

Campaigns get traction on local campaign trail

The Colorado Statesman

In the aftermath of a debate in Denver last week that both sides agree dealt a setback to President Barack Obama’s campaign, Democrats launched a star-studded tour of the state in a final push to register voters, while Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign, buoyed by increasingly favorable poll results, exulted in a surge of volunteers that organizers predicted would presage a GOP victory.

Colorado Republicans shine on CPAC stage

Lamborn, Gardner address conservative conference
The Colorado Statesman

Two Colorado Republicans made their debuts at the local version of the country’s premiere gathering of right-leaning activists and politicians when the Conservative Political Action Conference set up shop in Denver last week in the afterglow of the first presidential debate. U.S. Reps. Doug Lamborn and Cory Gardner bracketed a full day of speeches and panel discussions at CPAC-Colorado last Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport, near I-70 and East 40th Avenue.

Study debunks myths about the ‘undecided’ voter

The Colorado Statesman

If Obama campaign officials don’t seem to be panicking while everyone else in the political world sounds the alarm over a disappointing performance in last week’s debate, it could be because they’ve bought into the findings from an in-depth survey of undecided voters released just hours before the candidates took the stage.

Challenger Romney is consensus winner of first presidential debate in Denver

D-Day in Denver
The Colorado Statesman

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney came out of the gate charging at the first presidential debate on Wednesday at the University of Denver, his confident swagger in sharp contrast to a plodding performance by President Barack Obama.

Just five weeks until an election both sides expect to come down to the wire, Republicans exulted over what most pundits agreed was a clear win for Romney, who has lagged in key battleground state polls over the last month, though Democrats maintained that Obama got across his message and that voters were unlikely to dock him for “style points.”

Ann paints glowing picture of her ‘soul Mitt’

The Colorado Statesman

LITTLETON — On the eve of the first presidential debate, the Romney campaign unleashed what some have called its secret weapon in a bid for the voters who could swing the election in this battleground state. In her first public campaign appearance in Colorado this year, Ann Romney on Tuesday told hundreds of supporters gathered for an outdoor rally at Hudson Gardens that her husband has the qualities to fix what ails the country.

“One thing I know about Mitt, he doesn’t fail,” she said. “I can’t wait to get him in that position to be able to get this country turned around again.”

Romney revs up Denver crowd before debate

The Colorado Statesman

DENVER — Surrounded by historic airplanes inside a cavernous former Air Force hangar, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a boisterous crowd on Monday that he relished the opportunity in two days to “describe the pathway forward for America” in the first of three presidential debates with President Barack Obama, set for Wednesday night at the University of Denver.

Marco Rubio revs up Latinos for Romney

The Colorado Statesman

Although she’s perfectly happy with Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan — and will have the chance to cast a momentous Electoral College vote for him if the Romney-Ryan ticket carries Colorado, as one of the state’s nine GOP electors — in her heart of hearts, Vera Ortegon admits she would have loved the chance to vote for the man she introduced to a cheering crowd at the National Western Complex in Denver on Wednesday.

Re-ignited Obama lashes out at reinvented Romney

The Colorado Statesman

An energized President Barack Obama came out swinging on a chilly Thursday morning at a park in Denver and landed some of the punches that critics say he pulled the night before in his debate with Mitt Romney.

“When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney,” Obama told the crowd. “But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn’t know anything about that.”

Re-energized Romney campaigns in Jeffco; lists five-point plan to invigorate the economy

The Colorado Statesman

With just 43 days until the November election, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney returned to swing-state Colorado on Sunday to rally supporters in suburban Jefferson County as part of an aggressive reboot of a campaign that has struggled to get traction in recent weeks.

“This is the state to do it,” Romney told a cheering crowd estimated at 7,000 on the athletic fields at D’Evelyn senior/junior high school. “I’m counting on Colorado — this could be the state that takes us over the edge, this could be the state that gives us the electoral votes we need to win this.”

Top 12 Legislative Races of 2012 (September edition)

‘Still up for grabs’ is theme again in this month’s ratings
The Colorado Statesman

In just over two weeks, Colorado voters start receiving ballots in the mail, and nearly a year’s worth of groundwork will start to bear fruit in a tight contest for control of the state legislature, where Republicans wield the speaker’s gavel in the House by a one-seat majority and Democrats preside over the Senate with a more comfortable, five-seat margin.

Of the 85 legislative contests on the ballot — all 65 House seats and 20 of the 35 Senate seats — these dozen races are generating the most heat, drawing the most attention, and could be the closest to call.