With 100 percent of the votes counted, Hillary Clinton won the state of Colorado by a slim 47.2% vote to Donald Trump’s 44.4% and the third parties collectively receiving 7.2% of the popular vote. A Clinton win was anticipated since the beginning of the campaign.
The Clinton campaign had a pretty good idea they would be winning the Colorado electoral votes, which is why they held off on campaign trail visits or even ads in the state until the end of the race. It seemed as though the Trump campaign felt this way as well because they did not pick up the pace in Colorado until the last few weeks as well.
Colorado has been one of the most progressive states in the country, as they were the first to legalize abortion as well as the use of recreational marijuana. The state also gives special attention to education and the environment. Trump’s campaign promises clearly did not support the causes that matter the most in Colorado as much as his opponent’s did.
Also as expected, the incumbent running for the Senate seat, Michael Bennett, won the state. Along with the White House, House, and Senate all turning red, Colorado, perhaps subsequently, decided to make many of their Republican members leaders in the state House and Senate.
This was not well accepted by many of the Democratic leaders, who held a protest against Trump’s Presidency. The outgoing House Republican leader warned his fellow House members to be weary of trying to force too much conservative change in a state where Clinton won and most identify as Democrats.
The future of Colorado seems to be in question as many Republicans have gained positions of leadership in a state that is very progressive, especially in their social views.