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Time: Colorado 'Could Be Key To Election'

11/02/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado, whose capital city played host to the Democratic National Convention (and its complicated and spirit-crushing security perimeters) is shaping up to be key state in the 2008 election, as well as an important point of potential electoral expansion for the Democratic Party, according to a story in the upcoming issue of Time Magazine.

Over at Editor and Publisher's "E&P Pub" blog, Greg Mitchell provides some key preview excerpts:

Time's Amy Sullivan writes, "In the past 40 years, only one Democrat has claimed the state's electoral votes." But in the past decade, "Colorado has become Democrats' best shot at a boothold in the once reliably Republican Mountain West ... The shift came about largely because the state GOP continued to nominate right-wing candidates while Democrats recruited centrist politicians who often combined prosecutorial backgrounds with aw-shucks demeanors. And it is because neither McCain nor Obama fits these molds that the state is even close this year."

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