Opponent appeared with mustache and no tie and a flag pin in his lapel. Allard was, well, "low key" might be a way to put it, in his demeanor for this debate in the Western, rural half of the state, and not as sharp and aggressive as the Republican governor had been in his debate just before this one, but he had positions and answers and proof he had been working for the State and did okay.
Luckily, his opponent isn't a down home guy but a lawyer who leans a touch toward environmental wacko. Hopefully Colorado isn't totally inundated with Aspen liberals yet, so Allard may hold on despite the apparently vicious ad campaign the Dems are running against him.
Still, vicious ads may back fire against the Dems in Western Colorado like it may be backfiring against the Dems in Southern North Carolina.
Please keep me alerted to any shift in the polls there.
ARKANSAS: Hutchinson 47% Pryor 44% Tarrance Group (R) 9/3-4 4.4%
COLORADO: Allard 46% Stickland 35% Stanley (L) 6% Hill Research (R) 8/24-25 4%
TEXAS: Cornyn 33% Kirk 38% Fairbanks Maslin Maullin & Assoc. (D) 9/3-5 3.6%
SOUTH DAKOTA: Thune 44% Johnson 48% Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (D) 9/3-5 4%
NORTH CAROLINA: Dole 56% Bowles 39% Survey U.S.A. 8/24 2.4%
NEW JERSEY: Forrester 40% Torricelli 41% Newark Star-Ledger 9/3-8 4%
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Sununu 44% Shaheen 43% Concord Monitor 8/26-28 4%
MISSOURI: Talent 45% Carnahan 46% Research 2000 9/3-5 4%
The obvious braindead observation here is that the Republican Party continues to fail to realize that KEY swing voters (those that actually decide an election) are attracted to candidates that come out swinging. Even some Dems will say "this guy's got balls" or something to that effect and vote Republican.
There is a fine line between running a negative ad and balancing it with taste. THAT IS where these elections will be won.
McBride will do exactly that against Jeb Bush in Florida and he will win (unfortunately)- and all because the Republican Party is stupid in campaigns- don't get it.
The most important thing for Republicans (other than actual effective strategy and tactics that CONNECT with people) is for Republicans to set up phone banks to get out the vote in recod numbers.
This has to be a serious effort if we want to bring the Senate back to Repubs. Make each local precinct an attempt to have a RECORD NUMBER of Republicans show up at the polls.
That is the MOST important thing to accomplish.
Colorado has been trending GOP the last few years - definitely an advantage for Allard.