We’ve seen Obama running ahead of Hillary in some states, but an 11 or 12 point difference? What’s got him so popular there, and her so unpopular? Does Obama come across as a mountain state kind of guy? Is he related to John Elway or something?
I don’t have a good answer to that question, but many hypotheses abound. Coloradans don’t like the old-style Eastern politics that Hillary Clinton represents. Colorado swing voters are more open to vapid liberal platitudes than cynical ones. Frankly, it beats me. Hillary polls terribly unpopular here and would have virtually no chance to win the Centennial State in a matchup against the Republican nominee. Barack Obama would at least make the race competitive, which might help Mark Udall in a close Senate race more than anything.
Right now, I’m just glad to see how different Colorado is from Ohio:
A new PPP poll in Ohio shows Clinton up 1 point over McCain, while Obama trails the Republican nominee by 8 points.
McCain 45 – Clinton 46
McCain 49 – Obama 41
Yes, I’m just a little bit bitter that the Buckeyes snagged prep football phenom Terrelle Pryor, at the Wolverines’ expense. I’ll get over it, though.
If the rest of the nation’s well-being weren’t at stake in a Presidential race with key electoral votes in the upper Midwest, I’d say Hillary and Ohio can have each other. Pryor may cause more occasional heartburn (and heartache) come the next few Novembers. But the November heartburn that Hillary could create would last for (at least) four years straight.
Meanwhile, I’ll stick with Colorado. Thank you very much.