Keynote speaker David Flaherty, Mary Wenke, Ryan Frazier and Bob Miles. Photo by Scottie Iverson
BY SCOTTIE IVERSON
Cherry Creek Republican Women were further enlightened at the group’s December meeting when David Flaherty, CEO and founder of Magellan Strategies shared more in-depth analysis of the 2018 midterm elections. “We don’t have all the solutions,” said Flaherty “But we do have data.” Magellan has a national database of 190 million voters. “Voting was extraordinary in Colorado. Voters were engaged.” One lesson and solution has a familiar ring. “It’s math and Republicans need to win more unaffiliated voters,” continued Flaherty. In 2014 Republicans had the advantage in turnout. In 2018 – 502,209 more votes were cast. Unaffiliated voters participated with 39 percent, Democrats with 30 percent, and Republicans at 29 percent when typically midterms favor higher Republican turnout. Flaherty broke down state senate seats, talked about the Trump factor and praised the forward thinking and optimism of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.
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