Bill de Blasio was propelled in just a few weeks from obscurity to victory by two factors: his willingness to attack Mayor Michael Bloomberg's policies and his embodiment of the New America's core values of diversity and inclusion.
According to the Denver Post direct voter contact made the difference in a Senate race where the margin was less than 1%. If Obama's re-election campaign can tap into these volunteers, it may again be the difference.
Ballot measures get ignored because they don't involve personality, but that's exactly why they're so good at telling us what an election is about. When you look at the measures, you see an overwhelming rejection of conservative doctrine.