Karen McCormick, shown with mother Barbara McCormick, opens her Longmont Headquarters.
August is the month when the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates begin kicking off their campaigns for the 2018 Miidterm elections. WTF Colorado was present to chronicle two such kickoffs. In Boulder County, the Karen McCormick for Congress campaign opened its Longmont office on August 11.
A week later, McCormick, speaking Saturday August 18 at the Longmont Area Democrats' summer picnic, left no doubt about her winning strategy. She's targeting winnable unaffiliated voters who don't like what's going on in Washington. She's calling them herself, and winning them over!
Last week the Weld County precinct leaders met in Johnstown to discuss canvassing strategy, get trained on how to canvass, and get materials for cavassing. Chiu-Ki Chan, a Precinct Leader herself, from Erie, was there to report, and to offer WTF's flyers. WTF produces "alternative" flyers aimed at first-time, infrequent, and unaffiliated voters. They emphasize the advantages of voting blue.
Weld County is starting out with an initial canvass of Democrats in the county, and recruiting volunteers. Boulder County, on the other hand, is starting by canvassing Unaffiliated voters.
Winning in CD4 will require three things: First, Democrats must turn out in higher numbers than ever before. Second, more Unaffiliated voters must choose to vote Democratic. The primary numbers show this may be happening, though neither Douglas nor Weld counties reflect this trend as strongly as other areas in Colorado. And third, some Republicans must cross the aisle.
Polls and demographic studies show that the most likely Republicans to vote Democratic are women under 40 with more than a high-school education.The largest concentration of such voters in CD4 live in the triangle of southwest Weld and northeast Boulder counties, with Longmont, Greeley, and Erie at the corners. The next largest group lives in Douglas county.
Win The Fourth Colorado challenges CD4 Democratic volunteers to support Karen in pursuit of her winning strategy.
Here's a little reminder of what we're working for.
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