Rocky Path For Obama In Colorado

President Obama on Wednesday swept through Colorado, where he faces serious headwinds in his effort to retain an evenly split battleground state that went Republican in 2000 and 2004 but heavily supported the president’s 2008 campaign.

The conventional wisdom since then has been that the ever-rising Hispanic population in Colorado has made it more likely that Obama can keep its nine electoral votes in his column. But political observers say Colorado is very much in play given the state’s slight rise in unemployment last month and Obama’s low approval ratings among voters focused on the economy.

“The Democrats have run a superior ground game,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell, pointing to the 2010 Senate match-up between Ken Buck and Michael Bennet. “Over the last decade, the Democrats have really improved their ground game, and if you have a well-executed ground game, you can win.” 

O’Connell also acknowledged that the surge in Hispanic voters could make it increasingly difficult for Romney to win the state. “It’s obviously a toss-up state, but the terrain out there makes it difficult for him to succeed.”

Read more from Amie Parnes and Mike Lillis at The Hill

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