BY FREDA MIKLIN
On April 4, Arapahoe County Republicans gathered to listen to and learn from one of its longtime leaders, former state party chair Dick Wadhams, veteran campaign manager and political consultant.
Local elected officials Matt Crane, county clerk, and Jeff Baker, county commissioner, along with 2018 hopefuls Brita Horn and Brett Barkey, both running for state treasurer were there. Also in the room were Roger Edwards, 6th Congressional District Republican primary opponent of U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, district 4 county commissioner candidate Win Deal, and statehouse candidates Richard Bassett, Rod Bockenfeld and Toren Mushovic.
Wadhams described 2018 as a tough campaign year for the party, citing the president’s 42 percent approval rating, compared to his 53 percent disapproval rating. He went on to share that 46 percent of voters polled planned to vote Democratic in 2018, while 38 percent say they will support the GOP. The most lopsided statistic he reported was that 34 percent of Americans think our country is on the right track, while 57 percent say it’s on the wrong track.
In the U. S House of Representatives, Wadhams declared that the Democrats need to win back 24 seats to take control, and that 100 seats are thought to be competitive.
Turning to Colorado, Wadhams said that the Democrats are focused on CD 6, because it is a true swing district, a fact well-known to locals, including Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman.
Asked to make predictions about the upcoming election in Colorado, Wadhams emphasized that, “The governor’s race is key and the winner will be determined by a very specific group of voters—suburban Republican and unaffiliated women in Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties.” In response to a question about how the race could be won, Wadhams said the key is specifically defining one’s agenda. He named transportation and education as the most important issues to Coloradans.
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