Despite a third consecutive win by a Democratic presidential candidate in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper says not to be fooled: it remains a swing state.
“Do not be deceived,” the two-term Democrat said. “The state of Colorado is still a purple state. We’re roughly divided Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated, and you see all the congressional districts splitting up in different ways.
“We are as purple as purple can be.”
This marked the third consecutive election Colorado has voted for the Democratic presidential nominee. Voters chose President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
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The state’s electoral votes did go to Republican nominee Bob Dole in 1996, and President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
While Democrat Hillary Clinton won Colorado’s nine electoral votes 51 percent to Donald Trump’s 49 percent, multiple Colorado counties did swing toward the Republican – most notably, Douglas and Weld counties.
Trump won the general election in something of an upset, with 276 electoral votes to Clinton’s 218.
Clinton remains ahead in the popular vote despite losing the election – the second time a Democrat has done this since 2000.