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How the U.S. voters changed their stripes Add to ...

The opposition, meanwhile, is expanding a tent that was already big enough to help Mr. Obama overcome a dreadful economy to beat the odds and win re-election. In his acceptance speech, he evoked some of the soaring rhetoric that put him on the radar in 2004.

“If you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or where you love, it doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white, or Hispanic or Asian, or native American, or young or old, or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try,” Mr. Obama declared, to thundering applause from his hometown crowd in Chicago.

“I believe we can seize this future together, because we are not as divided as our politics suggest.”

For Republicans in Colorado, though, it’s a lesson – the politics of division are paying diminishing returns. No one knows it better than Prof. Loevy, who has seen Colorado become more Democratic as his party has driven away all those upon whom the Obama coalition is built.

He, too, sees a gloomy future.

“I have been tracking this change for 20 years – I expect it to continue,” he explains. “My view is, for the next 10, 15 years, Colorado will be a purple state, but it will progressively change into a blue state if these present trends continue, which I think they will.

“My view is, until the Republicans solve their problem with social issues and, above all, the purging of liberals and moderates that’s taking place, there’s no reason to think these trends won’t continue.”

The changing voter

1996 (Clinton vs. Dole)

White 56%

Black 50.6%

Asian NA

Latino 26.7%

18-35 39.6%

Women 55.5%

2008 (Obama vs. McCain)

White 59.6%

Black 60.8%

Asian 32.1%

Latino 31.6%

18-35 48%

Women 60.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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