We have large voice in presidential vote

It’s often hard for the average voter to imagine how his or her one vote can make a difference in an electoral process that includes roughly a hundred million other voters. But, make no mistake about it, your vote counts if you live here — in the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado.

Many political pundits are pointing out that Barack Obama is solidly leading in the polls nationwide among registered voters. He is. McCain has lost some of the popular boost he enjoyed after the Republican National Convention featuring his running mate, Sarah Palin. But more astute observers will tell you that registered voters don’t matter; it’s the likely voters that make the difference — the ones who are actually going to turn out to vote.

Furthermore, it’s not all the likely voters across the country, it’s the likely voters in a handful of battleground states. All the Republican voters in New York won’t make a dent. The state’s Electoral College votes will go to
Obama. All the Democratic voters in Texas won’t make a dent. That state will go to McCain.

The votes that really do count this year are the votes from Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and you guessed it — Colorado. Most of the other states are already in one camp or the other.

Florida and Ohio are leaning to McCain. Michigan and Pennsylvania are leaning to Obama. That means all other things being equal — and the small electoral states like New Hampshire and New Mexico split — Colorado could make or break this election.

Right now, an average of a dozen polls show Obama 5 points ahead in Colorado. If he wins, it would be a political bombshell. He would be only the fourth Democrat to get a presidential nod from Colorado since World War II.

Those 5 points are still within the margin of error, and Colorado could still go either way. The allocation of voters in Colorado put our district — the 3rd Congressional District — as one of the key swing districts in this big swing state.

This year, your vote counts like never before, and the stakes are high. Don’t miss your opportunity to let the Western Slope be heard. Early voting is upon us and Election Day is just 37 days away.


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