Please check out this map, http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2012/Pres/Maps/Sep07.html How is it that Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico remain a blue oasis surrounded by crimson red? Would anyone want to speculate why they are different than their regional sisters?
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Thanks, Junkseller, precisely. Liberatariasm is responsible for the conservatism of the Mountain West states in general. Why do think that Hispanic and Urban in Colorado means blue, while in Arizona the state remains quite red?
Arizona is probably stronger Republican to begin with so has farther to go, and they had one of the most significant population shifts (+25% total, +46% Hispanic). It will take some time to shift the political reality, but it seems inevitable.
Comparing Arizona with Colorado, there may be one major difference, it is a retiree mecca. I bet that the medium age is older and older people tend to be more conservative in their voting patterns? AS you say their GOP base is stronger over his/urban