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  • Winning the west ... Obama plots route to victory in Republican heartland

    08/19/2008 5:05:48 PM PDT · by Hadean · 26 replies · 222+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 8-19-2008 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    When Montana's governor, Brian Schweitzer, launched his campaign for re-election this summer he chose to be pictured on a horse lassooing a calf, and in silhouette against a barn door, presumably after a long hard day on the ranch. What was not mentioned was the word Democrat - a party affiliation that in some parts of the west still conjures up associations with gay marriage, gun control and abortion. Those sensibilities could be in for a shake-up as Barack Obama launches the Democrats' most aggressive drive for years for votes from the Rocky Mountain west. The strategy unrolling now across...
  • Democrats' Mountain West Offense

    09/17/2007 2:38:21 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies · 210+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 17 sept 07 | Liz Mair
    Just over a week ago, third-placed Democratic presidential candidate, ex-Sen. John Edwards, broke with tradition and went to campaign in... Montana. It was an odd move, but perhaps also a savvy one. After all, Edwards's advisers are surely aware that heading into 2008, the Mountain West will be a key battleground -- and one that Edwards evidently aims to claim as his own. The Mountain West is traditionally Republican territory. Three of its core states -- Arizona, Montana and Colorado -- have gone Republican in almost every presidential election since 1964 (in 1996, Arizona went to President Clinton; in 1992,...
  • Dean: West fertile ground for Democrats

    06/04/2005 8:16:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies · 745+ views
    AP ^ | 6/3/5 | SARAH COOKE
    HELENA, Mont. - The Rocky Mountain West, long a Republican stronghold, is fertile ground for Democrats hoping to take back Congress and the White House in coming years, Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean told supporters here Saturday. Democrats have more in common with Westerners than the GOP, the former Vermont governor said. They appreciate the free-spirited, independent thinking that dominate states like Montana, and understand the wish for a balanced budget and a strong military, as well as treating soldiers well when they get home, something Dean said the Bush administration has neglected. "I think we're going to have a...
  • Colo. Democrats Eye Second Senate Seat

    03/06/2005 2:11:38 PM PST · by GOPXtreme20 · 16 replies · 689+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 6th. 2005 | STEVEN K. PAULSON
    Colo. Democrats Eye Second Senate Seat U.S. National - AP By STEVEN K. PAULSON, Associated Press Writer DENVER - After bucking a national trend toward the political right in the last election with wins in the state Capitol and the congressional delegation, emboldened Colorado Democrats are seeking to expand on their gains. Democrats are convinced Republicans have lost their way in Colorado, said Chris Gates, who was state Democratic Party chairman during the November election. "There is definitely a significant shift going on in Colorado, and I think Colorado is a beachhead for the Democratic Party in the Rocky Mountain...
  • Dem City Councilor Switches Parties (New Mexico)

    03/05/2005 1:46:10 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 20 replies · 812+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | 3/5/05 | John T. Huddy
    With the stroke of a pen, City Councilor David Pfeffer switched sides Friday, leaving his Democratic Party colleagues behind and joining the GOP. "People tell me that, after about 30 years in Santa Fe, I must have seen a lot of changes. Well, I have," Pfeffer, reading from a prepared statement, said Friday during a press conference outside the Santa Fe County office building where he officially switched parties. "I've seen good folks go from acceptance of one's differences to intolerance; from respect to disdain; from peacefully getting along to outright hatred; from multicultural coexistence to profound elitism; from civilized...
  • Dems Look to Make Gains in West

    01/22/2005 8:56:15 AM PST · by metalmanx2j · 17 replies · 511+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, January 21, 2005 | AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Western Democrats gather here on Saturday with two major tasks: interview candidates for head of the Democratic National Committee (search), and chart a course to improve the party's prospects across this mostly red-state, pro-gun region. While most of the Rocky Mountain and Sunbelt states went for President Bush in November, the Democrats picked up some state and local offices, and say the region holds great promise for them, with its booming population and growing number of Hispanic voters (search). "Democrats have lost the South, so we have to look for another field to mine," said Arizona Democratic...
  • To boost party support, strategists tell Democrats to look West

    12/30/2004 1:19:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies · 693+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 30, 2004 | Susan Milligan
    WASHINGTON -- Democratic strategists, searching for ways to broaden support, are urging the party to put new emphasis on the West, where they say state and local election results and demographic changes reflect political opportunity in a region long dominated by Republicans. Party leaders acknowledge that the noncoastal Western states, which voted last month largely for George W. Bush for president, are hardly a Democratic bastion. But population trends are making such states as Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico more fertile territory for a future Democratic presidential contender, and such rock-hard Republican states as Montana and Wyoming are displaying...
  • Democrats dream big in South, West

    07/06/2004 10:35:51 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 17 replies · 629+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 7, 2004 | By Donald Lambro
    The Washington Timeswww.washingtontimes.com Democrats dream big in South, WestBy Donald LambroTHE WASHINGTON TIMESPublished July 7, 2004 The battle for control of the Senate has turned fiercely competitive this summer, driven in part by a flurry of articles reporting that the Democrats are poised to recapture the chamber where Republicans have a slim 51-48 majority, with one independent.     But some Senate campaign analysts say these stories are overplaying the Democrats' chances in strongly Republican states in the South and West, and they predict Republicans will emerge with a net gain of a seat or two after the fall elections.     The report...